Los Angeles Lakers: Darvin Ham’s first coaching staff announced

As training camp opened on Tuesday for the Los Angeles Lakers For the 2022-23 season, the team announced the inaugural coaching staff under freshman head coach Darvin Ham. Phil Handy was the standout holdover from the previous team while Handy added other assistants from across the league to his squad.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of this is a name not included in Rasheed Wallace. Months ago, when Ham was introduced as head coach, Wallace’s name was flagged as someone who was actually an inevitability to join the staff. But reports have slowed, more water has been thrown on the fire and it has become less and less likely, culminating in his absence at today’s announcement.

There are also a number of coaches who are said to have already joined the staff who have been confirmed with this release. Jordan Ott came from the Nets where he was sort of an offensive coordinator for Steve Nash. Chris Jent is from Atlanta where he and Ham spent a season together. Schuyler Rimmer was in Milwaukee with Ham where he was a player development coach.

As expected, when a new coach arrives, there is almost a complete staff turnover, with the notable exception of Handy. One of his first assignments after Ham was hired was to retain Handy, who is one of the most respected assistants in the league. Previously this summer when looking for Lakers coaches, Handy had expressed a desire to become a head coach but without an openness and interest around the league, Handy chose to stay with the Lakers as this season approaches.

The Lakers are also retaining Dru Anthrop and Jon Pastorek from Frank Vogel’s staff.

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