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Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to omit Darvin Ham, but the Bucks superstar praised the Los Angeles Lakers for hiring the Milwaukee assistant as their novel head coach on Friday, which changed into as soon as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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On the Lakers hiring of Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Giannis Antetokounmpo tells ESPN: “I’m so pleased for him. He’s the upright fit for them. He keeps it actual with you. No BS in any appreciate. It’s about rattling time. He deserves it better than anyone.”
Ham had been a member of the Bucks’ workers since 2018. Antetokounmpo changed into as soon as an All-Superstar in every of Ham’s four seasons, named the 2019-20 Defensive Participant of the twelve months and named NBA MVP in every 2018 and 2019.
Antetokounmpo’s feedback design after Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted his pleasure about the hiring of Ham who, in step with Wojnarowski, “made a tough affect” with the Purple and Gold’s brass.
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So rattling EXCITED!!!!!!!! Congrats and welcome Coach DHam!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #LakeShow💜💛
The Lakers liked Ham’s “championship pedigree, his commanding presence, historical past of instructing stars and toughness,” Wojnarowski reported. It comes as exiguous shock as Ham has coached the likes of Antetokounmpo and changed into as soon as a member of Milwaukee’s 2021 NBA title-successful squad.
That said, Ham will undoubtedly face his challenges in L.A. after the Lakers accomplished 11th in the Western Conference this season and missed the playoffs after coming into the year with high expectations following the addition of Russell Westbrook.
Nonetheless, he changed into as soon as arguably presumably the most attention-grabbing candidate of the Lakers’ reported finalists. Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and damaged-down Portland Plug Blazers head coach Terry Stotts had been also finalists for the predicament, in step with Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.