The LA Lakers have finally announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham. The franchise took to Twitter to officially welcome Ham as their new head coach.
While news of him being recruited by the Lakers had been doing the rounds for days, the franchise had yet to issue an official statement about it. His nomination garnered tons of 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 at starting the campaign in the 2022-23 season.
Lakers Nation are on board with plans to rebuild the franchise under Ham as they hope the upcoming season will bear fruit. Although this is Ham’s first appointment as head coach, he has won two titles, one as a player and one as a manager.
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 opinion on what it means to play for the LA Lakers
Andre Drummond’s time with the LA Lakers lasted just 21 games with an average of 24 minutes played per game. He joined the franchise after a short stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and has since moved on a lot. The four-time rebounding leader has represented four franchises over 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 was of the opinion that if one wants to play for the Lakers, they have to be “built differently”.
He explained his statement, saying mental toughness is equally crucial on and off the court 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 this organization.
“You have to be mentally strong, not just on the court but also off the court because there are so many expectations to be a Laker and put on that purple and gold because if you don’t meet those expectations , they will let you know that you are not worthy enough to wear this jersey.
“You have to play to the best of your ability and play hard every night, no matter win, lose or draw. You just have to play hard, that’s what gets respect. I had a lot of fun there .”
He said every player should play to the best of their abilities every night, regardless of the outcome. He also shared that he enjoyed his time with the franchise.
NCAA champion David McCormack talks about training with the LA Lakers
David McCormack played a key role in leading Kansas to its fourth NCAA title. The college hadn’t won the title in 14 years, but a three-point margin against North Carolina was enough to earn them the title.
McCormack practiced with the Lakers on Tuesday in the third round of the franchise’s draft. After his performance, he revealed he was confident in his display when it came to strength, physique, rebounding and securing second possessions. He said:
“Today I definitely showed my strengths in terms of strength, physicality, rebounding, getting second possessions. During skill work and drills, during shooting drills , I was able to show that I had a bit of a perimeter shot and did pretty well on all ball screen defenses.
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 drives people to shoot the organization. He stated:
“When you’re with the Lakers organization, you have a target on your back, you know. Everyone loves the Lakers. A huge fan base and everyone is always looking for them, so I kind of have the same mindset as if I was playing for Kansas against the Lakers. You have to have the same mental strength and this transition.
Gary Payton disagrees with people calling Kobe Bryant selfish, says late LA Lakers player is a contender
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 other players on the roster. The same could be said of many modern basketball players.
Gary Payton, however, addressed this narrative. He was asked to share his Kobe Bryant stories that stood out to him, then he talked about what a contender the Black Mamba was.
He said all Bryant wanted to do was compete and be awesome. As such, he worked hard, asking veterans how he could improve his game. Payton said:
“He was a great kid. People think of Kobe in the wrong way. They think of selfishness and stuff. Forget it! That kid was a competitor, that’s all he was. A competitor And that’s all he wanted to do. He wanted to be big.”