LOS ANGELES – Darwin Hamm, the longtime assistant coach of reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Box, has been appointed coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports on Friday.
ESPN reported that the Lakers hired Ham when Athletic said the team was signing a four-year deal with Ham, who would receive his first NBA head coaching post.
The Lakers fired Frank Vogel last month after going 33-49 and missing the playoffs.
Vogel, who led the Lakers to the 2020 NBA title, went 127-98 in three seasons with the club, who fought last season after injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player has given his immediate support to James Hamm, tweeting: “So Fancy Excited !!!!!!!! Congratulations and Welcome Coach DHam !!”
The Lakers need to revise a roster to compete in a tough Western conference despite winning the fourth title of James ’career just two years ago.
Ham, a 48-year-old American who won the NBA title as a Detroit forward in 2004 and was an assistant coach with Box last year, was tasked with guiding the Lakers back to the title race.
Hamm was an assistant coach to the Lakers from 2011-2013, then spent the next five seasons as an assistant to the Atlanta Hawks before coach Mike Budenholzer followed the box staff in 2018.
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