LA Lakers hire Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham as coach

The Milwaukee Bucks have an opening on their coaching staff.

ESPN reported Friday night that long-time assistant Darvin Ham had been hired by the Los Angeles Lakers to be their head coach.

Ham has been assistant with Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer since 2013 — first with Atlanta starting in 2013 and then with the Bucks since 2018. The 48-year-old played eight seasons in the NBA, including three with Milwaukee.

This will be Ham’s first head coaching job. He beat out ex-Portland ccoach Terry Stotts and Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson for the position.