NBA: LA Lakers has signed Ham as the new head coach

The acting head coach of the Milwaukee Box, Darwin Ham Fisher, called for a play in the first quarter during the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Fischer Forum.  Compulsory Credit: Benny Sue-USA Today Sports

Darwin Hamm, the acting head coach of the Milwaukee Box, called for a play in the first quarter during the January 2022 game against the Toronto Raptors at the Fischer Forum. (Benny Sue-USA Today Sports)

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Darwin Hamm as their new head coach for several years, the NBA franchise reported Friday.

Ham, 48, replaces Frank Vogel, who led the Lakers to the 2020 Championship but failed to guide them to the playoffs this season.

Ham has no experience as head coach but he was the assistant coach of the Lakers (2011-2013) before taking on similar roles with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Box, with whom he won the 2021 Championship.

“When someone starts their NBA coaching career and plays an integral role on the front bench of an NBA Championship team, it really speaks to a certain strength of character,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement.

“Our players and fans will immediately identify with Darwin’s no-nonsense and hard-working approach, which we think will bring toughness and a competitive edge to what we do.”

Lakers All-Star LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who played only 56 and 40 games respectively in the 82-game regular season, failed to qualify for the playoffs with a 33-49 record in one season due to injury.

As a player, Ham played for several teams in his eight-year career and was a member of the Detroit Pistons squad that won the 2004 Championship.

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