NBA coaching tracker, latest updates: Lakers hiring Darvin Ham; Kings tab Mike Brown as new head coach

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There is typically a lot of turnover on the sideline following an NBA season. However, this year has been a bit different as only three teams (so far) parted ways with their head coach following the 2021-22 campaign, and two of those gigs have already been filled. 

The Los Angles Lakers fired coach Frank Vogel immediately after the season, and ultimately replaced him with Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham after an extended search. Vogel coached the Lakers for three seasons and led them to a title in 2020. Ham, meanwhile, has already received a stamp of approval from Lakers star LeBron James. 

The Sacramento Kings have also fired, and hired, a head coach since their season ended in April. The team parted ways with interim head coach Alvin Gentry, and replaced him with Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown. Brown has served as associate head coach of the Warriors since 2016. While Gentry was replaced as the coach, he didn’t go far, as he took a job in Sacramento’s front office. 

That leaves just one team currently looking for a head coach — the Charlotte Hornets. They moved on from James Borrego after four seasons, and they’ve yet to name his successor, though they’ve been linked to several candidates. More teams could hop on the coaching carousel between now and next season. Here’s our tracker of all of the major moves taking place on the bench.

NBA hirings and firings

Sacramento Kings

Mike Brown

Luke Walton, Alvin Gentry

Sacramento went with the Warriors assistant coach to replace Luke Walton, who won 31 games in each of his two full seasons with the Kings, but never managed to make the playoffs in five full seasons as a head coach. Mike Brown will try and get Sacramento back into the postseason for the first time since 2006.

Los Angeles Lakers

Darvin Ham

Frank Vogel

The Lakers won a championship only two years ago, but after a disappointing season marred by injuries and a badly-built roster, they are now desperately trying to salvage what remains of the LeBron James era while simultaneously building for a future without him. Ham comes from the Mike Budenholzer tree, and has been instrumental in the development of several Bucks, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. He lacks head-coaching experience, but should be a great fit for the Lakers.

Charlotte Hornets

James Borrego

Borrego couldn’t get the Hornets past the play-in round, but with ascending point guard LaMelo Ball at the helm, the Hornets have one of the more desirable jobs in basketball available. Still, without a starting center in place and financial issues looming, the next coach of the Hornets will have plenty of problems to solve.

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