This is the eighth post in a series looking at potential Lakers assistant coaches. Here we profile Darvin Ham, who, Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears tweeted, is expected to be named a Lakers assistant. Team spokesman John Black said last week that the Lakers interviewed him among other unnamed candidates, but that the team hasn't finalized anything.
Background: Through eight NBA seasons, Ham earned a solid reputation for throwing down thunderous dunks, as shown in the video above, detailed on a famous Sports Illustrated cover and demonstrated in the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. That included stints with Denver, Indiana, Washington, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Detroit, where he won a 2004 championship ring after the Pistons' 4-1 win over the Lakers. Ham averaged a nondescript 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds through 417 career games. After stints in Spain, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and the NBA's D-League, Ham became the Alburquerque Thunderbirds' assistant coach in October 2008. He took over as head coach in July 2010.
Connections to Mike Brown's staff: John Kuester was an assistant at Detroit when Ham played for the Pistons from 2003 to 2005. Ham also played for Quin Snyder in 2008 with the D-League's Austin Toros. Meanwhile, Chuck Person matched up with Ham in the NBA for three seasons before his own retirement in 2000.
Style: The Saginaw News' Kyle Austin talked with Ham last year about his belief that defense largely dictates a progam's success. Ham also believes staffs shouldn't be tied to one system. As someone who became a role player for six different teams, Ham said he instilled in his D-League players at Albuquerque the necessity to be honest about their own skill set, find various ways to contribute and always to work hard.
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