Hawks hire ex-Lakers aide as assistant coach

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Hawks hire ex-Lakers aide as assistant coach

Darvin Ham, once a Hawks player and a Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach the past two seasons, has been hired as a Hawks assistant coach, coach Mike Budenholzer said Saturday.

“Darvin has a great feel for the game and knows what it takes for a team to be successful and compete at a high level,” Budenholzer said in a news release. “He was a smart player who played with intensity and toughness every night and he has gone about coaching the same way.”

Ham previously was the coach of the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League in 2010-11 and an assistant coach with the Thunderbirds from 2008-10. As a player, the eight-year veteran appeared in 417 career games (45 starts) with Denver, Indiana, Washington, Milwaukee, Detroit and the Hawks.

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