A lot of people have been giving Darvin Ham his flowers after the 48-year-old was announced as the new head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. Lining up to sing Ham’s praises is Portland Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups.

Billups was teammates with Ham with the Detroit Pistons where they won a title in 2004. The five-time All-Star point guard had nothing but high praise for Ham as he expressed why he believes his former Pistons teammates possess the tools to succeed in Hollywood:

“He’s going to be honest as a coach of the Lakers, which is what I think you need in the NBA today — somebody that’s going to be honest but know how to be honest without actually just tearing you 1down,” Billups said Saturday, via Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the SunHerald. “What can you say? He’s won as a player. He’s won as a coach. I mean, this dude is more than qualified for the task at hand. I’m so happy and proud of him. I spoke to him last night and he was so excited.

“He’s ready for this job. He’s the right guy for this Lakers job.”

Some folks have been questioning Darvin Ham’s credentials given how he has no prior experience as a head coach. Chauncey Billups pretty much destroys this narrative by pointing out that Ham has won a title as a player and as a coach as well — as an assistant to Mike Budenholzer with the Milwaukee Bucks.

There’s much to be giddy about for Lakers fans with this hire. Even LeBron James himself can’t contain his excitement.