The expected formalization of the arrival of Darvin Ham on the Lakers bench has fallen. The former Milwaukee assistant succeeds Frank Vogel as Angelinos coach.
His appointment left no room for doubt, it is now official. The Lakers have announced in recent hours the arrival of Darvin Ham as coach left vacant by Frank Vogel, who failed to qualify the 2020 NBA champion for the play-offs. A four-year contract is mentioned by the knowledgeable Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN although the Lakers do not elaborate on this. In a statement, the California franchise said it has “signed a multi-year contract with Darvin Ham as head coach. After eleven years wearing an assistant coach’s hat, including a stint with the Lakers between 2011 and 2013 before flying to Atlanta and Milwaukee, with whom he won a league title in 2021, the 48-year-old man finally takes the reins of a franchise. He becomes the 28th coach in Lakers history. and will be presented to the media on Monday, June 6, at noon local time, during a press conference at the UCLA Health Training Center.
OFFICIAL: Welcome to Los Angeles, Coach Ham! pic.twitter.com/V91QyME7EI
—Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 3, 2022
“The ideal coach for this new chapter”
“When someone starts their NBA coaching career at the G League level and plays a vital role on the bench of an NBA champion team (Milwaukee last year), it shows a some strength of character. Our players and fans will immediately identify with Darvin’s pragmatic and hard-working approach, which we believe will bring toughness and competitive advantage to everything we do. If you add to that Darvin’s sophisticated understanding of game strategy and his deep knowledge of basketball, we have the perfect coach for this new chapter in Lakers history. We couldn’t be more honored and proud to name Darvin Ham as our new Head Coach. “, rejoiced Rob Pelinka, general manager of the Lakers, in the same press release.