Darvin Ham Returning to Bucks As Assistant Coach

Darvin Ham is headed back to Milwaukee.
Darvin Ham is headed back to Milwaukee. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Darvin Ham has landed on his feet in the NBA after he was dismissed by Los Angeles following their first round playoff exit at the hands of the Denver Nuggets.

Ham has agreed to return to the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant coach to Doc Rivers, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Ham, 50, spent the last two seasons with the Lakers, whom he guided to two consecutive playoff appearances and a run to the Western Conference finals in 2022-23, compiling a 90-74 record. Prior to his Lakers tenure, Ham was an assistant coach for the Bucks on head coach Mike Budenholzer's staff from '18 to '21, the year Milwaukee won its first NBA championship since 1971.

Now, Ham joins a Rivers-led Bucks team coming off of a 49-win season and a second consecutive elimination in the first round of the playoffs.

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