Former NBA player, Hall-of-Famer, Detroit legend, and one of the best defensive players in NBA history, Ben Wallace is currently part of the Detroit Pistons organization as a developmental coach. When asked by TMZ if he's interested in becoming a head coach someday, Wallace claimed he isn't but knows someone who is: ex-teammate and new L.A. Lakers coach Darvin Ham.
"I know he's a great locker room guy"
Wallace has been retired for almost a decade, but his love for the game remains. He was named a developmental coach for the team he won a championship with in 2004. When TMZ asked him if being a head coach is in his plans someday, the burly forward admitted he was not interested in it because he felt he wasn't ready yet. Ben added that he believes Darvin Ham is more than ready to become a head coach after sharing a locker room in Detroit.
"I know he's a great locker room guy. I think the guys are going to rally around him. I think his message is going to be on point for that team."
Ben Wallace, TMZ
Ben and Darvin were teammates in Detroit for two years. They won a title together, and it's a bond that will never be broken. Additionally, it was the peak of Ben Wallace, who was voted as an All-Star in those two years, while Ham decided to retire in 2005 at the age of 31. The two big men played almost the same: hard-nosed defense and a no-nonsense approach to the game. They weren't flashy but got the job done.
What kind of coach is Darvin Ham?
According to those who had the chance of being mentored by Darvin Ham is a players' coach. He had no head coaching experience but served as an assistant for several years in the NBA with the Lakers, Hawks, and Bucks.
The Lakers are an interesting mix of veterans, superstars, and characters on the court. It's Ham's responsibility to make sure everyone stays together and on the same page. LeBron James is going to be LeBron James, and if Darvin could bring another dimension to The King's repertoire, then fans should have a solid reason to be excited and happy this year.
Being a head coach isn't for everyone. Many tried but failed. Darvin Ham has no experience yet, but those who believe in him claim he is more than ready to lead the Purple and Gold nation back to the promised land. Is he as good as advertised? We'll just have to wait and see.