Do you want to know about Who is Darvin Ham? Darvin Ham who played for the NBA from 1990 to 2000 recently joined as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Dravin is an American former basketball player’s life is discussed here. Do you know how he became a successful player? Reading on to know everything about Darvin Ham and his career.
Who is Darvin Ham?
Darvin was born on 23 July 1973, in Saginaw, Michigan. His full name is Darvin Ham Sr. Completing his school education at Sagina High School, he enters Texas Tech University in 1993. There he starts playing for Red Raiders, in 1996, in an NCAA tournament, against UNC he become the center of attraction because of a slam dunk.
He won a slam dunk contest in the same year with his college team Lance Hughes. His records during his college career are 8.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.5 turnovers in 22.9 minutes, on top of .597 FG and .498 FT shooting.
How did Darvin Ham Start His Professional Career?
In 1996, he was chosen by Denver Nuggets and after one year they trade him to Indiana Pacers, for Jerome Allen. Then as a free agent, he join Washington Wizards in 1997, Milwaukee Bucks in 1999, Atlanta Hawks in 2002, and Detroit Pistons in 2003. In 1997, again he went on the slam dunk contest NBA and there because of his powerful slams he was also known as “Dunkin Darvin” and “Ham Slamwich.”
Playing for Milwaukee, he was present in all five games of the Bucks, there his nickname called “Hammer play.” In 2005 he appeared in Basketball Without Borders program held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 2015, appeared in the Dominican Republic. In 2016, he was chosen by the Philippine Basketball Association team Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals where he played only three games. He also served as a studio analyst for Fox Sports Southwest.
Career as a Head Coach
The Thunderbirds chose him as a coach in 2008, then in 2011, he join Mike Brown’s staff with Los Angeles Lakers including Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard. Two years later he joined the Atlanta Hawks staff and helped them to approach the playoff in four consecutive games. He also served as a coach to Milwaukee and now he served Los Angeles Lakers.
Personal Life of Darvin
Darvin’s mother Wilmer Jones-Hem is the first female mayor of Saginaw. His wife is Deneitra Ham. He had a son named Darvin Ham Jr. who is playing for Northwood University. By religion, he is a Christian, “First of all, I want to thank God. Coming from where I come from, I was raised in a household with strong, spiritual faith and belief in God and his Son Jesus Christ, so I want to start with that”. Everything I’ve been able to overcome in my life, along with the people around me, it’s been that spirit that was instilled in me as a youngster.”
An Unknown Incident of Ham’s Life
Every single coach of the NBA has to read to battle adversity, but not everyone has to fave a bullet in the jaw. Once Ham get a good shot at his nose when he was in his teenage. It happened in 1988 when he and his brother came out to receive a pizza, and here they were found gun firing. One shot missed his destination and hit Ham’s nose when he was in his car.
“I took it in the jaw, and the bullet was lodged in the back of my neck,” Ham said in 2011, per NBA.com. “The doctor came and showed me the bullet he took out, and he told me how lucky I was. My face was totally swollen; I could barely turn my head. Turns out it was a drug deal gone bad; we had to testify a month or two later.”
“You go through something like that, it is going to do one of two things: It’s gonna make you fearful or fearless. It made me fearless,” he told. “I don’t feel no pressure. It’s basketball.”
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