Los Angeles Lakers hire Darvin Ham as next head coach: Sources
Los Angeles Lakers hire Darvin Ham as head coach, multiple sources confirm Athleticism. Los Angeles fired former coach Frank Vogel on April 11, the day after the regular season ended.
Ham, 48, has been on the Bucks staff as an assistant to Mike Budenholzer since 2018, winning his first NBA championship as a coach in the 2020-21 season. He returns to Los Angeles after serving as an assistant for the Lakers from 2011 to 2013. Ham also served as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 to 2018.
“So EXCITED!!!!!!!!” james lebron wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations and welcome Coach DHam!!”
Ham’s playing career spanned from 1996 to 2005. Ham also won an NBA championship coming off the bench for the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
Other finalists for the job were Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. The Lakers (33-49) finished 11th in the Western Conference, failing to qualify for the playoffs.
Hall of Famer and former Lakers vice-president Magic Johnson said Monday he wants a former player to be hired as the Lakers’ next coach.
“Probably apart from Erik Spoelstra, the other three who are in the bottom four are ex-players,” he said. Athleticism. “So I think that says a lot about these young ex-players who command respect straight away, who have done it before. I’m not saying it has to be a former player, but I’m saying look what is happening.
“But the most important thing for me is accountability. They have to hold everybody, from one to 15, accountable. And we got away from accountability. The guys never talked about it this season. It was always someone else’s fault. I hated it. Never, “Hey, I played badly. Hey, that’s on me.” So whether it’s an ex-player or not, but the trend is ex-players. But if not, I want a coach who will hold everyone accountable. And that’s what I would like to see.”
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