The Lakers officially introduced their new head coach Darvin Ham during a press conference on Monday. When introducing the 48-year-old former NBA player Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka revealed that he was a unanimous choice by the team’s coaches committee.
“It’s easy to be grateful when you find a candidate that you feel is the ideal fit for what the franchise is looking for and that’s what coach Ham represents to us,” he said about Ham.
“When you have a career coaching journey that starts out in the G League and you earn your stripes as a GM and as a head coach and your arc takes you to strong franchises that have had success, including a championship at his last stop as a lead assistant coach on the Milwaukee Bucks, you have a certain DNA and fabric and strength of character.
“And it came through so powerfully to everybody in the coaches committee when we did our interviews and we were able to land on coach Ham as our unanimous choice to recommend to our owner Jeanie Buss for her approval.
“I’m just incredibly proud to be able to sit next to him for what he stands for as a man, as a coach, as a dad, as a husband. Armed together to lead this franchise to the next chapter. This is a historic day for us. Just couldn’t be more excited as a general manager to introduce Darvin Ham as the new Lakers head coach.”