Darvin Ham, new coach of the Lakers, played in the ACB. It was in the Grenade in the 98-99 season. disputed 12 games with averages of 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 kills, his speciality. The 2.01-meter center stood out above all for his powerful physique in a squad that had José Miguel Antúnez, John Morton, César Arranz, Chris McNealy, Dan Godfread… He couldn’t avoid the team’s relegation or materialize in the Spanish competition, but he did make noise… off the pitch.

His passage through the Andalusian city was the most convulsive. Despite spending so little time in Granada, he was involved in two serious off-sports incidents. The first was when crashed his car into a phone booth. It was later found out that he was driving. under the influence of alcohol. The second was a positive for hashish in an anti-doping control in one of the last games of the season with the team already relegated.

Darvin Ham, defending LeBron James when he was a member of the Pistons.
Darvin Ham, defending LeBron James when he was a member of the Pistons.

Ham, now 48, came to Granada after playing in the Nuggetswith whom he signed despite not being drafted, the Pacers and the Wizards. After his brief Spanish experience, he returned to the United States, where he played in the Bucks, the Hawks and the Pistons. With the Detroit franchise won the ring in 2004. He in total he accumulated 417 games in the NBA with averages of 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds. His last years as a player were spent between the Philippine League and Development League.

From the pitch to the benches

In 2008 he went directly from the field to the benches, serving as an assistant for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, of the Development League. His first experience in the NBA came from the hands of the Lakers, which gave him an assistant coaching position. He would hold the same position in the hawks and in the buckswith whom he won a second ring last season.

Darvin Ham, in his presentation with the Lakers.
Darvin Ham, in his presentation with the Lakers.AP

Now will debut as head coach and none other than the Lakers, where he’ll have to deal with a star-studded roster with corresponding egos: LeBron James, Anthony Davies and, unless things change, also Russell Westbrook. A challenge for any technician, but even more so for a novice.

Via Marca.com