The Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach search is officially over, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Lakers hire Darvin Ham to replace Frank Vogel. This comes after weeks of conflicting reports and concerns from Laker fans.
He has long been an assistant to Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Ham’s first coaching job in the league was as an assistant in Los Angeles before joining the Atlanta Hawks’ coaching staff.
It was here that his connection with Budenholzer was formed, and when Budenholzer was hired by Milwaukee, the Bucks brought Him with him. This is Ham’s first head coaching opportunity in the league and he gets his first shot with the most prestigious team in basketball.
The Los Angeles Lakers avoided disasters by hiring Darvin Ham.
Fortunately, the Philadelphia 76ers decided not to fire Doc Rivers, and that apparently opened the door for the Lakers to hire Him, which was the right move all along. Throughout the low season, we have been preaching that the Lakers need to do their homework and hire someone who can offer a new twist and change the team’s culture.
The last thing the Lakers had to do was hire a retreaded head coach like Rivers or Terry Stotts who has bad playoff resumes. That would not change anything in Los Angeles, and while Him is not guaranteed a success, there is at least the potential for him to be special.
It will be interesting to see who hires Him to fill the rest of His staff. Frank Vogel hiring Jason Kidd as his assistant was a massive move that played a big part in the Lakers winning the NBA Championship. He can aim for someone with head coach experience, or he can bring in someone that LeBron James prefers.
Maybe someone like Jared Dudley could be brought into an elevated role in Los Angeles. We know LeBron loves Dudley and that could be something to keep an eye on. Whoever hires Him to help him in the staff is just as important as the Lakers who hire Him.
This is a good start to the offseason for the front office, which has lost a lot of faith from the fans in recent months with the decisions that have been made. Hopefully this is the first of many good decisions made by the Los Angeles Lakers.