Lakers News: Magic Johnson Praises Darvin Ham After ‘Amazing’ Introductory Press Conference
(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Head coach Darvin Ham’s introductory press conference has sparked hope among the Los Angeles Lakers faithful that the franchise will soon return to winning days.

Ham tapped into his history with the Lakers on Monday, saying it feels like a “homecoming” to take over as head coach in L.A. having served as the team’s assistant a decade ago. The 48-year-old also vowed to keep the players accountable, naming “sacrifice” as the leading theme of his reign.

Lakers fans seemed exhilarated by what they heard from Ham during the press conference. He also seems to have won Magic Johnson over with his vision for the team. After the presser, Magic shared his thoughts on Ham’s first official appearance as Lakers head coach:

Johnson then added Ham’s championship pedigree to the list of the new head coach’s strengths. “He won a championship as a coach with the Bucks and as a player with the Pistons. He knows winning and championship basketball!” the Lakers legend tweeted.

After the press conference, vice president and general manager Rob Pelinka said he had no doubts that L.A.’s fans and players will “immediately identify with Darvin’s no-nonsense and hard-working approach.”

Pelinka: Ham was ‘unanimous’ pick for Lakers head coach

Pelinka said Ham proved to be “the ideal fit for what the franchise is looking for” in his interviews with the Lakers’ leadership, emphasizing the 2004 NBA champion’s winning DNA and strength of character.

“And it came through so powerfully to everybody in the coach’s committee when we did our interviews and we were able to land on Coach Ham as our unanimous choice to recommend to our owner Jeanie Buss for her approval,” the general manager said.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Lakers News: Frank Vogel Excited To Coach ‘Ultimate Competitor’ In Russell Westbrook

The Los Angeles Lakers made the splash of the NBA offseason by acquiring the league’s all-time triple-double leader and former…

VIDEO: Kemba Walker Channels Inner Nick Young With Premature Celebration

No matter how good Nick Young plays this season, and he has been one of the Los Angeles Lakers’ most consistent players…

Kobe Bryant Discusses Goal of Winning Sixth NBA Championship

At Lakers Media Day at the team practice facility in El Segundo,…

Magic Johnson: James Harden, Russell Westbrook Both Deserve MVP

One of the prevailing storylines throughout this NBA season has been the exciting race for regular season MVP…