Kobe Bryant’s Take On New Lakers Coach Darvin Ham

Kobe Bryant’s Take On New Lakers Coach Darvin Ham

The Los Angeles Lakers hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham last week to serve as the team’s new head coach.

Ham most recently worked as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, but between 2011 and 2013 he spent two years with the Lakers.

During that time, Ham crossed paths with Kobe Bryant.

And he definitely left an impact.

Specifically, Bryant loved how physical Ham could be. The Lakers legend went as far to say: “I love that. That helped my game.”

Fans reacted immediately to the newfound connection between arguably the most beloved player in purple and gold history (it’s between Bryant and Magic Johnson) and their new head coach.

The responses spoke for themselves:

The Lakers went 33-49 last year and missed the postseason altogether.

Ham will have a lot of work to do.

The big question ahead of him is what will happen to Russell Westbrook – who doesn’t seem particularly excited about his new head coach.

If L.A. trades him to any of the four teams willing to accept him in a trade, Ham can start anew. Clean slate.

But if the Lakers are forced to retain Westbrook, Ham will need to get creative and accomplish with him what Frank Vogel could not.

Will Ham ultimately be able to live up to the lofty expectations that a commendation from Bryant sets?

Time will tell.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.
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