Los Angeles Lakers announce Darvin Ham as new coach, reward his ‘no-nonsense’ method

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The Los Angeles Lakers on Friday introduced the hiring of Darvin Ham as their new head coach, with normal supervisor Rob Pelinka praising the Milwaukee Bucks assistant’s “no-nonsense and hard-working method.”The Lakers mentioned Ham had signed a multiyear deal to be their twenty eighth head coach in franchise historical past however didn’t disclose additional contract particulars. Sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski final week that Ham had agreed to a four-year contract.Ham, 48, has served as an NBA assistant coach for the previous 11 seasons, together with two years with the Lakers (2011-13). He additionally spent 9 seasons working beneath Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta and Milwaukee, together with profitable the 2021 NBA championship collectively.2 RelatedThat Lakers expertise performed a job in Ham’s hiring, Wojnarowski reported final week. The crew was additionally offered on Ham’s stature and toughness, his historical past of teaching star gamers and his championship pedigree as an assistant and participant, sources mentioned, elements Pelinka hit on within the crew’s announcement.”Our gamers and followers will instantly determine with Darvin’s no-nonsense and hard-working method, which we really feel will carry toughness and a aggressive edge to all we do,” Pelinka mentioned in an announcement. “Once you add that to Darvin’s subtle grasp of in-game technique and deep data of the sport of basketball, we now have the best coach for this subsequent chapter in Lakers historical past. We couldn’t be extra honored and proud to call Darvin Ham as our new head coach.”An introductory information convention has been scheduled for Monday.Ham can be tasked with turning round a Lakers crew that went 33-49 this season and missed the playoffs, resulting in Frank Vogel’s firing. Sources instructed Wojnarowski that Ham might want to discover a method to incorporate Russell Westbrook into the franchise’s framework with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. That was a major topic of each Lakers teaching interview, sources mentioned.The Lakers additionally interviewed Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, Bucks assistant Charles Lee, Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, former Portland Path Blazers coach Terry Stotts and former Warriors coach and present ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson, sources instructed ESPN.

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