New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham says he is ecstatic to start his work as he has stated that he is "so ready to shut people up." The Lakers entered the 2021/22 season as one of the top candidates for the NBA titles but finished the year with a disappointing 33-49 record and missed out on the playoffs.
As expected, Frank Vogel paid the price as the Lakers dismissed him as the head coach after their season ended. Ham was an NBA champion both as a player and as an assistant. The Lakers felt he was the perfect guy for their job.
“I’m so ready for this challenge, man,” Ham said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “I’m so ready to shut people up. I’m so ready to get busy. They’re gonna have so much fun. We’re going to work hard, we’re going to put in work, but we’re also going to have a lot of fun along this journey, man.
they guys, just to hear excitement in their voices. We just have conversations. They’ve all seen the type of basketball in Atlanta, in Milwaukee with me being with coach Bud [Mike Budenholzer]. It’s appealing style of play.
I’m just thrilled, I’m excited that I get to coach three first-ballot Hall of Famers and a bunch of very highly talented young players. Work with championship GM in Rob Pelinka and get to build a great, healthy roster with him, a versatile roster.
And work for one of the most storied franchises in the world, not just the NBA”.
Ham has LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook
The Lakers' Big Three - James, Davis and Westbrook - appeared in just around 20 games last year.
After the season ended, Davis expressed desire to get another chance to compete for a championship with James. "I think us two can. We've shown that we can," Davis said. "I don't know that's something we just have to reevaluate in the offseason, upstairs, me and him talking about this season and what we would like to see next season and kind of just figure it out.
[We will] come together as a group, to get back to championship mentality that we had our first year. So that would be a very interesting conversation just from the standpoint of what changed. I mean, injuries, but even when we were healthy, I don't think we were able to reach our full potential -- for whatever reason.
So I think we want to figure it out and just get back to that championship pedigree that us as players know we're capable of."