LOS ANGELES — NewSources told ESPN that Darvin Ham began to form his coaching staff when he informed assistants Mike Penberty, David Fizdale and John Lucas III Tuesday that they would not be retained.
Sources told ESPN that Ham will absorb assistant coaches Quinton Crawford and Phil Handy from Frank Vogel's staff.
Ham, when asked about filling his bench, said that “I like coaches who like to roll up my sleeves and are able get out there.”
“Where I'm from the past nine years, we did all. We did player development. We did scouting. I was asked to take over as head coach on several occasions. It was a team. There weren't coordinators for either side. All of us contributed to the offensive and defensive aspects of team basketball. That's why I want to create a similar staff.”
Handy was hired by the Lakers for his first job as a player growth coach in 2011-12. He also worked under Mike Brown in L.A. as an assistant coach in the NBA. Handy was a part of the championship teams.Before returning to L.A., he was promoted to assistant coach.
Crawford was a college basketball player at the University of Arizona. He was hired by the Lakers as a 2019 video coordinator for Vogel.. He was also a video coordinator at the . In the 2000s, his father Jerome Crawford worked as Shaquille's security guard for the Lakers.