The Associated Press reports that Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham will be the next Los Angeles Lakers coach.
The AP quoted someone “with knowledge of the decision” on the announcement. The report says Ham accepted an offer, but did not disclose the terms. He replaces Frank Vogel, who was fired at the end of the season after the Lakers failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Ham, 48, will become the 28th coach in Lakers history. He was never a head coach, but has served as an assistant for the Milwaukee Bucks since 2018, including that team’s 2021 NBA title run. .
Last year’s Lakers team went 33-49, a big disappointment considering the team fielded a “Big Three” by importing guard Russell Westbrook to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
James has already welcomed Ham via social media. “So EXCITED!!!!!!!!” James tweeted. “Congratulations and welcome Coach DHam!!”
Ham was an assistant player development coach with Kobe Bryant’s Lakers from 2011 to 2013 on the staff of head coaches Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni. Ham then spent five years on the Atlanta Hawks team under Mike Budenholzer, later joining him on the Milwaukee team.
So EXCITED!!!!!!!! Congratulations and welcome Coach DHam!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #LakeShow💜💛
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 28, 2022