Chauncey Billups delighted for the Lakers’ hiring of former teammate Darvin Ham

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Numerous fans and figures in the NBA have praised the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching signing of Darvin Ham, which includes his former teammate with the 2004 champion Detroit Pistons in Chauncey Billups. 

In an interview with Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the current Portland Trail Blazers coach praised the acquisition of Ham, in which he refers as “more than qualified” to call the shots for the Lakeshow crew. 

“He’s going to be honest as a coach of the Lakers, which is what I think you need in the NBA today — somebody that’s going to be honest but know how to be honest without actually just tearing you down,” Billups said. “What can you say? He’s won as a player. He’s won as a coach. I mean, this dude is more than qualified for the task at hand. I’m so happy and proud of him. I spoke to him last night and he was so excited.”

Ham served as a coaching assistant for over a decade following his pro career, and it’s definitely the right time for him now to take the challenge of being the leader on the sidelines. 

But the job in front of him is not an easy task, as he is projected to guide LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers to a convincing bounce-back season — off from a disappointing 2021-2022 campaign. 

Still, amid the pressure, the Purple and Gold are in high morale, knowing that they’ll have a different culture to enjoy now with the arrival of their first-year coach. 

And James is the proof of that. 

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