That’s a tall assignment for any coach, let alone one who is fresh to the international limelight that surrounds the 17-time NBA champion Lakers. But the 48-year-old Ham is no average rookie, as he revealed on Monday when he was unveiled as the franchise’s 28th head coach.
“I was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan,” Ham explained. “On April 5, 1988, I was accidentally shot in the face. When you go through anything like that, one of two things will happen: you will become terrified or fearless. I became courageous as a result of it. I’m not under any duress. It’s a game of basketball.” Ham is a character noted for his ability to communicate and lead. While it’s too early to say for sure, he’ll be expected to perform admirably in his new position.