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Darvin Ham officially joins Lakers' coaching staff

October 24, 2011 |  4:30 pm

Darvin HamThere's already one way Mike Brown has surpassed Phil Jackson.

The Lakers coach will have a larger staff than his predecessor. The Lakers officially added former NBA player and Development League coach Darvin Ham to Brown's coaching staff, which includes five full-time assistants -- Chuck Person, John Kuester, Quin Snyder, Ettore Messina and Ham as well as basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs.

Jackson had four full-time assistants in Brian Shaw, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Person, plus two part-time assistants, Craig Hodges and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

“I’m very happy to have Darvin join our coaching staff," Brown said in a statement. "I’ve known Darvin since his rookie year in Denver and have watched him make the transition from player to coach. He has put in the hard work that is necessary to have success at this level and I look forward to having him on our staff."

Of course, matching Jackson's legacy with 11 championship rings is another story. But it's clear Brown prefers using his coaching staff differently. While Jackson assigned specific scouting responsibilities to each of his coaches, Brown wants his coaches to contribute in all phases.

As for Ham, he doesn't have any NBA coaching experience, but his two-year coaching stint with the Development League's Albuquerque franchise as an assistant and then a head coach reveals similar philosophies on why hard work needs to serve as the foundation for any program. 

"I'm truly honored and grateful for Mike Brown, Mitch Kupchak and the entire Lakers organization for presenting me with this amazing opportunity," said Ham, who also earned a solid reputation for throwing down thunderous dunks during his eight-year NBA career. "I look forward to making my contribution in sustaining the championship tradition that the Lakers have established throughout their history in the NBA. I'm very excited about our staff and players, and am ready to get to work to help bring another championship to this prestigious franchise."


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