By Will Yoder
October 24, 2011

Former NBA role player Darvin Ham will reportedly join the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach, according to the team's official site.

Ham, who played eight years in the NBA in the 1990’s and the early 2000’s, was most recently the head coach of the NBA D-League’s New Mexico Thunderbirds. This will be Ham’s first stint on an NBA bench in a coaching role.

The 38-year-old served as a player coach in 2007-08 for the Thunderbirds before hanging up his sneakers full-time in 2009. He was named the head coach of the New Mexico squad in July of 2010.

Ham will join Mike Brown’s newly formed coaching staff as perhaps its final addition. Brown took over as head coach of the Lakers this offseason after the legendary incumbent, Phil Jackson, made the decision to retire.

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