Former Lakers big man appears to endorse Darvin Ham for the organization’s vacant coaching position

Brad Sullivan
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Former Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre offered his thoughts about who the team should hire as its new head coach, suggesting current Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham.

Entering the 2021-22 season, the Lakers were focused on making a deep playoff run. That plan fell apart due to injuries and chemistry issues, with former head coach Frank Vogel being dismissed after the regular season ended.

Ham, who will turn 49 in July, has been an NBA assistant for over a decade and spent two seasons as a Lakers assistant from 2011 to 2013.

That tenure for Ham was followed by five seasons as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 to 2018. During the past four seasons, Ham has been part of the coaching staff of the Bucks.

The video that accompanies Sacre’s tweet shows when Ham was playing in the NBA, a tenure that spanned eight seasons, with Ham playing for six different teams. He also competed in Spain during the 1998-99 NBA season.

The fact that Sacre played in the NBA likely offers him credibility among the veterans currently on the Lakers roster.

In addition to that, the fact that Ham has paid his dues for more than a decade as an assistant shows that he’s well aware of how to coach in the league. The clearest evidence of that is the championship ring he earned with the Bucks last season, something he may earn again this year.

There’s no timetable as to exactly when the Lakers will hire their new head coach. If it ends up being Ham, they may have to wait until Milwaukee’s season comes to an end.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.