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The Lakers officially cut ties with head coach Darvin Ham after two seasons

After much speculation, the Los Angeles Lakers have officially parted ways with head coach Darvin Ham after two seasons. While Ham led the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals a year ago, his inability to maximize the talent on the roster was ultimately what doomed him.

Los Angeles struggled to find any kind of consistency this season, leading to an early exit in the first round of the playoffs. Multiple injuries to key players throughout the year played into this, but Ham failed to make the necessary adjustments when needed.

His strange rotations throughout the year upset many in the locker room and he seemingly lost player support as the year progressed. Several members of the Lakers pointed out the coaches’ decisions during subsequent games, leading to speculation that they believed Ham did not know what he was doing.

His lack of understanding in games also led to this dismissal, showing that he had not improved as a coach during his time with the team. When he was first signed, Ham brought energy to the club and many were excited by the potential he had. But he quickly showed that perhaps he was out of his depth, leading a team with title aspirations.

The problems the Lakers saw not only fall on Ham’s shoulders, but a change is needed. Los Angeles couldn’t afford to double down again on this group and Ham became the victim of that.

The Lakers will now begin searching for a new leader for their coaching staff and are expected to take their time with the hire. This will be the organization’s third coaching hire since 2019, making it even more crucial to the future of the franchise.

Names like Tyronn Lue, JJ Redick and Mike Budenholzer have been circulating, but many more will soon be highlighted. This summer is one of the most important in recent memory for Los Angeles and this time they need to get their coaching hire right.

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