The LA Lakers finally announced the hiring of former Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham. The franchise took to Twitter to officially welcome Ham as their new head coach.
Although the news of his hiring by the Lakers had been making the rounds for days, the franchise had yet to make an official release about it. His appointment has garnered much approval from fans, pundits and players, including LeBron James.
The four-time champion took to his Twitter account to congratulate Ham and shared his excitement to kick off the 2022-23 season campaign.
Lakers Nation are buying the franchise’s plans to rebuild under Ham as they hope the season ahead will bear fruit. While this will be Ham’s first appointment as head coach, he has won two titles, one as a player and one as a coach.
He won the 2004 NBA title with the Detroit Pistons. He also won as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021.
Andre Drummond shares his thoughts on what it means to play for the LA Lakers
Andre Drummond’s time with the LA Lakers lasted just 21 games at an average of 24 minutes per game. He joined the franchise after a brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and has moved around quite a bit since then. The four-time rebound leader has represented four franchises in the past two seasons.
In an interview, the two-time All-Star shared his thoughts on what it means to play for the Purple and Gold franchise. He believed that if one wants to play for the Lakers, they “have to be built differently”.
He explained his statement, saying that mental strength is just as crucial on and off the field with the Lakers. He said:
“Playing for the Lakers is exactly what you think it is, man, you have to be built differently to play for that organization.
“You have to be mentally strong not only on the field but off the field because there are so many expectations to be a Laker and put on that purple and gold because if you don’t live up to those expectations, they let you know that you are not worthy enough to wear that sweater.
“You have to play the best you can and play hard every night whether you win, lose or draw. You just have to play hard, that’s what gets respect. I had a lot of fun out there.”
He stated that every player is expected to play their best every night regardless of the outcome. He also shared that he enjoyed his time with the franchise.
NCAA Champion David McCormack Talks Training With the LA Lakers
David McCormack played a key role in leading Kansas to their fourth NCAA title. The college hadn’t won the title in 14 years, but a three-point margin against North Carolina was good enough to win the title.
McCormack trained with the Lakers on Tuesday in the third round of the franchise’s pre-draft. After his performance, he revealed that he was confident in his showing when it comes to strength, physicality, rebounding and securing second possessions. He said:
“Today I definitely showed my strengths in being strong, being physical, rebounding, getting second possessions. On a skill and practice job, on target practice, I was able to show that I had a bit of a perimeter shot and did pretty well defending all the ball screens.
He also shared that playing with the LA Lakers puts a target on his back. People’s unwavering love for the franchise, he said, constantly causes people to shoot for the organization. He claimed:
“When you’re in the Lakers organization, you have a target on your back, you know. Everyone loves the Lakers. Huge fan base and everyone is always chasing them, so I kind of have the same mentality as if I were playing for Kansas to the Lakers. You have to have the same mental fortitude and that transition.”
Gary Payton Disagrees With People Calling Kobe Bryant Selfish, Says Late LA Lakers Player Is A Competitor
The late Kobe Bryant has been described by some as being selfish with the ball. His desire to help his team saw him with the ball more than any other player on the roster. The same can be said about many modern basketball players.
However, Gary Payton went into that story. He was asked to share his Kobe Bryant stories that caught his eye, and then he shared how much of a competitor the Black Mamba was.
He stated that all Bryant wanted to do was compete and be great. As such, he worked hard and asked the veterans how best to improve his game. payton said:
“He was a great kid. People think the wrong way about Kobe. They think about selfishness and all that stuff. Forget that! This kid was a competitor, that was all he was. A competitor! And that’s all he wanted to do. He wanted to be big.”