What Darvin Ham accomplished in the last month should not be short-changed: The 48-year-old parlayed more than a decade of NBA assistant experience to earn a high-profile job by beat out two other former head coaches.
Still, Ham is likely to find that, on a relative scale, getting the job was the easy part.
The Lakers have yet to officially announce their head coaching hire, but you can bet Ham is getting to work on one of the most demanding, scrutinized jobs in the league – he was in El Segundo at the team’s facility Saturday.
As a former Lakers assistant coach under Mike Brown, he knows how quickly the pressure can turn up. As a consultant to the stars with a history of player development, he knows how tricky it can be to manage superstars and their egos.
Here are some of the top items on Ham’s to-do list now that he’s the pick:
1. Assemble a staff with experience
For first-time head coaches – even ones as experienced as Ham – there are always bumps in the road. Head coaches have to learn nuances of game management, work on delegation and inevitably face surprises here and there as they get started. Naturally, the Lakers are interested in getting head coaching talent around him, ESPN has reported, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they attempt to reel in Terry Stotts or Kenny Atkinson, the two other finalists for the…