Darvin Ham is introduced as Los Angeles Lakers Coach on “an incredibly bright, promising day” for the proud franchise

EL SEGUNDO (Calif.) — Darvin Ham was introduced to the Los Angeles LakersMonday, January 2, 2009: New coach with point guard Russell Westbrook Standing to the side in support of the hiring.

Ham reciprocated the support, returning it to Westbrook after a difficult first season in Los Angeles.

Ham said, “Don’t get it wrong, Russell Westbrookis one of our best players ever seen and there’s still a lot left in the tank.” “I don't understand why people want to write him off.”

Los Angeles had one of the worst seasons in franchise history after trading Westbrook for Westbrook last summer. Based on Las Vegas betting odds the Lakers were a preseason favorite for the championship but they lost out to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. 11 in the Western Conference, with a record of 33-50.

Rob Pelinka, vice president of basketball operations for the Lakers, joined Ham at the occasion. He expressed optimism about Ham becoming the 28th head coaching position in the team's history.

Pelinka declared, “This day is incredibly bright and hopeful in Laker history.”

After an eight-year NBA playing career and a brief stint coaching and working in front of the NBA developmental league's front office, Ham began his NBA coaching career in Los Angeles in 2012-13 as an assistant to Mike Brown.

Ham stated, “The fact I got my start here as a coach, this place will always remain special for me.” “It's like coming home for me in all seriousness.”

After Los Angeles, Ham spent nearly a decade on Mike BudenholzerThe staff of's with the Atlanta Hawks And Milwaukee BucksShe won the 2021 championship.

Ham was choked up when he spoke of his former boss. “We went from colleagues to friends to brothers while all of the while making history.”

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