A busy week awaits Darvin Ham, who will be officially introduced as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday afternoon.
Ham began assembling his squad after the franchise confirmed the 48-year-old’s signing last week. He is expected to enjoy “broad autonomy” in Los Angeles, allowing the first-year head coach to choose his own assistants.
Ham is believed to be looking for someone with previous head coaching experience to join his team. However, his former Detroit Pistons teammate and 2004 NBA champion Rasheed Wallace was named the top candidate for the assistant position, according to Athletic’s Shams Charania:
For more context: Wallace was recently identified as a candidate for Ham’s staff. The two parties have not yet reached the stage of a formal contract. https://t.co/IPlsixreVL
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 6, 2022
Wallace worked as an assistant coach with the Pistons in 2013-14 and at the University of Memphis last year. The 47-year-old also served as the head coach of the men’s varsity team at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina.
As a player, Wallace was known for his intensity and tenacity – which should match Ham’s no-frills coaching style. Wallace holds the NBA record for the most technical fouls in a season, receiving 41 techs during the 2000-01 campaign.
Russell Westbrook appears to approve of Ham’s hiring
Russell Westbrook’s future and his role with the Lakers — if the 2017 NBA MVP stays with the team — was one of Los Angeles’ biggest playoff questions and one that likely factored in. franchise head coach search.
Westbrook has officially declared that he does not get along with Frank Vogel after the end of the 2021-22 regular season. But it looks like the guard is eager to work with Ham – as he reposted the Lakers’ official announcement of his signing, suggesting the 33-year-old approves of the team’s pick.
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