The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring Darvin Ham as head trainer, more than one assets showed to The Athletic. Los Angeles fired former trainer Frank Vogel on April 11, the day after the common season ended.
Ham, 48, has been on workforce with the Dollars as an assistant to Mike Budenholzer since 2018, profitable his first NBA championship as a trainer all the way through the 2020-21 season. He returns to Los Angeles after serving as an assistant with the Lakers from 2011 to 2013. Ham additionally served as an assistant trainer with the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 to 2018.
“So rattling EXCITED!!!!!!!!” LeBron James wrote on Twitter. “Congrats and welcome Trainer DHam!!”
Ham’s taking part in profession spanned from 1996 to 2005. Ham additionally received an NBA championship coming off the bench for the Detroit Pistons in 2004.
The opposite finalists for the process have been Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and previous Path Blazers head trainer Terry Stotts. The Lakers (33-49) completed eleventh within the Western Convention, failing to make the playoffs.
Corridor of Famer and previous Lakers vp Magic Johnson stated on Monday that he sought after a former participant to be employed because the Lakers’ subsequent trainer.
“Almost certainly but even so Erik Spoelstra, all of the different 3 that’s within the ultimate 4 are ex-players,” he advised The Athletic. “So I believe that claims so much about those younger ex-players who command admire immediately, who’ve executed it earlier than. I’m now not pronouncing it must be an ex-player, however I’m pronouncing you must have a look at what’s happening.
“However a very powerful factor to me is responsibility. They should grasp everyone, one thru 15, responsible. And we were given clear of responsibility. Guys by no means mentioned that this season. It was once at all times someone else’s fault. I hated that. By no means, ‘Whats up, I performed dangerous. Whats up, It’s on me.’ So whether or not it’s an ex-player or now not, however the development is ex-players. But when now not, I need a trainer that’s going to carry everyone responsible. And, so, that’s what I want to see.”
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