Los Angeles Lakers Axe Coach Darvin Ham, Post NBA Playoff Defeat

Darvin Ham got the boot as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, just four days after the squad got kicked out of the NBA playoffs by Denver, the team revealed.

Ham managed a record of 90-74 in two seasons leading the Lakers, but the team got swept by eventual NBA champ Denver in last year’s Western Conference final and got knocked out in five games in the first round by the Nuggets this season.

“We really thank Darvin for his hard work with the Lakers and we see all the good things he did over the past two seasons, like last year’s amazing run to the Western Conference finals,” said Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka.

Darvin Ham

“Even though it was tough to let him go, we believe it’s the right move after looking at the whole season. This organization will stick to its promise to give Lakers fans worldwide championship-level basketball.”

Apart from figuring out who will lead the team next, the Lakers are also unsure about the future of superstar LeBron James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who can choose to leave his contract next season.

James has mentioned he wants to play next season with his son Bronny, who has signed up for next month’s NBA Draft.

The Lakers had a record of 47-35 this season, including a win in the first NBA In-Season Tournament, now named the NBA Cup. They defeated New Orleans in the play-in round to secure a playoff spot against Denver.

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