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Lakers make another big change after firing Darvin Ham

The Lakers logo at half court

Apr 22, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; The Los Angeles Lakers logo at center court during game three of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are really cleaning house even beyond the firing of head coach Darvin Ham.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Lakers fired their entire coaching staff on Friday in addition to Ham. That includes assistant coach Phil Handy, who had been a holdover from Frank Vogel’s staff.

In other words, the Lakers’ new coach will have an entirely clean slate. That is not necessarily the case all the time, as Ham retained a few Vogel assistants when he took over in 2022. It certainly suggests that the Lakers are serious about wholesale changes after their early playoff exit to the Denver Nuggets.

The move makes sense, as the Lakers appear to be eyeing experienced figures, including one former NBA champion, as Ham’s replacement.

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