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Darvin Ham is prepared for his new role as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers

Darvin Ham understands the magnitude of the challenge he faces as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he is not afraid. Ham is expected to bring a veteran-laden, awkwardly structured team back into title contention right away. Around 37-year-old LeBron James, oft-injured Anthony Davis, and divisive guard Russell Westbrook, who doesn’t look to be going anywhere this summer, he must develop a new philosophy and team identity.

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.

 

Written by Eren Kilic

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