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Lakers Fire Darvin Ham After Another Disappointing Season

The Lakers Announced on Friday That They Dismissed Ham as Head Coach

No Surprises Here…

The writing was on the wall for Darvin Ham as NBA rumors circulated that the Los Angeles Lakers would fire the coach this week. It didn’t take long for the NBA news to drop as it has been reported that the Lakers officially informed Ham that he would no longer be the head coach of the team.

Ham did coach the team to the Western Conference Finals last season but didn’t have the best showing this season. Though the Lakers reached the playoffs and had a 47-35 record in NBA games, the team was plagued with questionable lineup decisions from Ham. He also didn’t seem to have the respect of his players as Anthony Davis even came out and said that it felt like the team had no direction at times.

Lakers Fire Darvin Ham After Another Disappointing Season
Head coach Darvin Ham of the Los Angeles Lakers -Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP


The final straw for Ham was likely the Lakers vs Nuggets series. The Lakers seemed to outplay the Nuggets in almost every game but lost the series 4-1. Much of that was due to the lack of adjustments made by the Lakers coach throughout the series. The team will now be looking to hire its fourth head coach since LeBron James joined the team.

 

Who Will Coach Lakers Next?

The move to fire Ham was likely supported by LeBron. Though he could be a free agent this offseason, this is a good sign the Lakers expect to keep him. LeBron James’ stats remain excellent so there’s no reason to push him out now.

That said, the Lakers need to get the next coaching hire right. They’ve cycled through seven head coaches since Phil Jackson retired in 2011. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania Mike Budenholzer, Kenny Atkinson and JJ Redick will be considered. Ty Lue will also be in the mix if the Clippers decide to make a coaching change.

 

 


Redick is interesting but he’d be risky. He has no coaching experience at the NBA level. Budenholzer has a championship pedigree, which could appeal to LA. Atkinson has a 118-190 record as a head coach so he’s a longshot.

It seems like Lue would be the favorite for the job. The Lakers almost hired him before they went with Frank Vogel several years ago. They likely regret not hiring him and would like to fix that mistake. It’s also possible that Lue could willingly leave the Clippers for the Lakers as he’s going to be entering the final year of his Clippers contract.

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