Anthony Davis Reportedly Played a Major Role In Darvin Ham's Departure

The latest report revealed that Anthony Davis may have been involved in the decision regarding Darvin Ham.
Mar 18, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) gestures
Mar 18, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) gestures / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since the Los Angeles Lakers season ended, there have been some changes that have happened in the City of Angels.

The Lakers were bounced in the first round by the Denver Nuggets in five games, which led to the team firing Darvin Ham and his entire staff after two seasons with the team.

After making the Western Conference Finals in 2022, they took a step back this year, and they decided it was time for a change.

It has been reported that Anthony Davis played a role in the departure of Ham from Los Angeles.

Sam Amick of the Athletic was a guest on the 'Rich Eisen Show' and revealed that Davis clearly wanted a change at the head coaching spot.

"When they chose to fire Darvin Ham, I was told that one of the many, many considerations was that it was pretty evident that AD was not on board anymore with Darvin and they know, like everybody else, that AD has a history of having asked for trades in the past. That's how he got to the Lakers from New Orleans. Last thing they wanted was for AD to be frustrated with the situation and maybe have those types of thoughts cross his mind."

Sam Amick, The Athletic

This may not be too much of a shocker as Davis seemed to publicly call out Ham after a Game 2 101-99 loss to the Nuggets. The 31-year-old told reporters "We have stretches where we just don't know what we're doing on both ends of the floor."

Ham was then asked about the comments, where he said, "I'll agree to disagree."

The relationship seemed to sour over the past couple of months between Ham and Davis. It's been reported that the Lakers didn't want to upset Davis long-term, as he signed a three-year, $186 million extension in Aug. 2023.

Now with Ham gone, management will certainly ask for the input on Davis and LeBron James on who they prefer to get the job.

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