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Lakers let Ham go after losing in the playoffs.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in New Orleans, during the second half of an NBA basketball play-in tournament game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans, head coach Darvin Ham cries out from the bench. Lakers victory, 110-106. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

ANGELES — After just two seasons in command, the Los Angeles Lakers fired Coach Darvin Ham on Friday.

 

Four days after their season ended in a five-game first-round playoff loss to Denver, the Lakers announced on social media that they were firing Ham.

 

In his first season as an NBA head coach, Ham guided Los Angeles to the Western Conference finals less than a year ago. He had taken Frank Vogel’s place, who the Lakers fired in 2020, precisely eighteen months after the team won its 17th championship.

Even though Ham had two successful seasons and two postseason trips, the championship-focused Lakers wouldn’t be satisfied with that. The Lakers are resetting their coaching staff once again rather than holding General Manager Rob Pelinka accountable for his roster construction, as there is not much time left to take advantage of the simultaneous presence of Anthony Davis and 39-year-old LeBron James, who has not decided whether to return for his 22nd NBA season.

 

 

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