While there has been no recent news in the past few days about the status of the NBA lockout, that hasn’t stopped the Lakers from bolstering their coaching staff. Earlier today, Mike Brown added another piece to his coaching staff with the addition of Darvin Ham as an assistant coach. From the Lakers’ official press release:
“I’m very happy to have Darvin join our coaching staff,” said Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown. “ I’ve known Darvin since his rookie year in Denver and have watched him make the transition from player to coach. He has put in the hard work that is necessary to have success at this level and I look forward to having him on our staff.”
Ham, 38, spent eight years in the NBA with seven teams, winning an NBA championship as a part of the 2004 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Lakers in five games. Before being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Ham was known throughout college basketball as an above-the-rim player, famous for his backboard-shattering dunk against North Carolina that made the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ham most recently guided the NBA D-League New Mexico Thunderbirds to a 20-30 record as head coach.
Ham joins John Kuester, Chuck Person, Quin Snyder and special assistant Ettore Messina on Mike Brown’s staff, already having played under John Kuester and Quin Snyder during his years with the Pistons and D-League’s Austin Toros, respectively.