So Darvin Ham is coming into a completely new situation. He will be suiting up as the new Lakers Head Coach, a role that got passed on by a few big names, mainly because it’s a death row job.
You're working with a once star who doesn’t seem to be coming to terms that his best days are way behind him - in Westbrook. That alone, the Westbrook factor, makes this job worse enough. Then you have Anthony Davis, who is flakey and unreliable and doesn’t seem to be improving. And behind those two you have LeBron. And how do you coach LeBron?
It's a question that has perplexed coaches for decades. There's no development room for him. Game sense, he’s as smart as any player ever. But with that pedigree, he obviously gets a lot of control over teams. Making him very damn difficult to coach. Players grew up with LeBron posters on their walls; this is Darvin Ham’s first coaching position. So what does he do?
Well, first he strips down all assistant coaches. So now there are no undermining coaches to associate with that god-awful Lakers season. It’s all new blood. And I argue - signing Rasheed Wallace was a power move more than anything. Let me find someone who isn’t afraid of LeBron. Who will stand up to him if needed? A Udonis Haslem of sorts. And that’s what this was - a personality signing rather than an X’s and O’s guy.
We know Wallace and Ham are boys because they won a championship together as a part of that superstar-less Pistons team in 04. So now Ham has that guy in his trenches without altering future motives of a head coaching position, without a chance that he backstabs ham later down the line. Now he has the enforcer.