Lakers hire Bucks assistant Darvin Ham as coach

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Darvin Ham to be their next head coach, sources have told The Times.

Ham, a first-time head coach, has been a longtime NBA assistant following his eight-year NBA playing career, which included a championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, who beat the Lakers in the Finals.

He began his NBA coaching career with the Lakers as a player development coach in 2011 on the staff of coach Mike Brown.

Ham has earned respect around the NBA as a well-rounded communicator on Mike Budenholzer’s staffs in Atlanta and Milwaukee. He won a title with Budenholzer and the Bucks in 2021.

So damn EXCITED!!!!!!!! Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #LakeShow💜💛

— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 28, 2022

He’ll be the 28th coach in Lakers history, replacing Frank Vogel, who won a championship with the Lakers in 2020.

Ham is the second first-time coach the Lakers have hired in their last three searches. The team hired Golden State assistant Luke Walton in 2016.


Ham brings a reputation as a fearless communicator with a strong presence, traits that undoubtedly will matter on a roster that has future Hall of Famers in LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.

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