According to reports, the Lakers have selected their next head coach.

According to reports, the Lakers have selected their next head coach.

An insider has confirmed that Darvin Ham accepted the offer to be the next Los Angeles Lakers head coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday under the condition of anonymity, as the deal was not publicly disclosed.

Ham, 48, is the 28th Lakers’ coach. This will be his first coaching job. Since 2018, he has been an assistant for Mike Budenholzer at the Milwaukee Bucks, and played a major role in their pursuit of the 2021 NBA championship.

Frank Vogel was fired just one day after Frank Vogel’s disappointing season with the Lakers, which saw them go 33-49 and miss the playoffs. Ham will succeed him.

Despite another great season by LeBron James (who welcomed his new head coach via social media before the announcement was made), the Lakers lost.

“So damn EXCITED!!!!!!!!”James tweeted. “Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!!”

Ham will be the 15th Black NBA coach, the most at once.

Ham was a player development assistant coach with Kobe Bryant’s Lakers from 2011-13 on the staffs of head coaches Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni. Ham then had a five-year stint on the Atlanta Hawks’ staff under Budenholzer, developing a reputation as an effective communicator with versatile tactical knowledge.

Budenholzer’s Hawks staff included Taylor Jenkins, Quin Snyder, and Kenny Atkinson who were all NBA head coaches.

Vogel led the Lakers to the franchise’s 17th title exactly 18 months before his firing. A veteran-laden roster, led by James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook, failed to produce a winning season. Westbrook had a disappointing first season with the team. Westbrook is currently under contract for a second season with the Lakers.

Ham was a player in eight seasons of the NBA, winning a championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He then moved into coaching in 2008. Texas Tech was where the Michigan native played college basketball.

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