It was only a matter of time. Darvin Ham has long been regarded as one of the best assistant coaches in the NBA. After missing out on various head coaching vacancies over the years, Ham is finally getting his chance. The Los Angeles Lakers have hired the long-time assistant to be their next head coach. Ham is getting a four-year deal to coach the team.
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring Bucks assistant Darvin Ham on a four-year contract.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 28, 2022
Darvin Ham was once a NBA player himself, spending eight years in the association. From 1999-2002, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks and was a fan-favorite due to his athletic dunks. Over the course of his career, Ham averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
After his playing career ended, Ham turned to coaching. In 2008, he was named as a coach for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League. In 2011, he was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach. As a player development coach, he worked with stars such as Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard.
In 2013, Darvin Ham was hired by the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant under Mike Budenholzer. Atlanta had some highly successful seasons under the coaching staff, and Ham built up a tremendous reputation around the NBA. When Budenholzer was fired by Atlanta, Ham followed him to Milwaukee where he served as his assistant until his hire by the Lakers as head coach.
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