And the more they learn about him, the more they like him.
There is a lot of pressure on Ham and a huge weight on his shoulders.
Yet, he’s not afraid.
“I was shot in the face by accident April 5, 1988. You go through something like that, it’s gonna do one of two things.” – Darvin Ham pic.twitter.com/acKCBOGLzi
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 7, 2022
Speaking about the expectations, Ham spoke candidly about his outlook on things, saying:
“I was shot in the face by accident April 5, 1988. You go through something like that, it’s gonna do one of two things. It’s gonna make you fearful or fearless. It made me fearless. I don’t feel no pressure.”
That’s the right attitude and one that everyone would be smart to adopt.
Head Coach Ham
Ham will need to retain that fearlessness in the weeks and months ahead.
That’s because Lakers fans have just about had enough of their team lately.
There were so many high hopes for LA this season and it all came crashing down, ultimately ending with them missing the playoffs entirely.
The media has also been harsh on LA all year – and that won’t stop any time soon.
Ham will be facing all that pressure – and the egos and ideas coming from his roster.
Still, there is hope he can make it all work.
Ham received high praise as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Plus, he is known as the sort of coach who can make Davis even better and perhaps correct Westbrook’s defensive woes too.
If he can those things, there is every reason to believe the Lakers will be looking much better.