The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of an extensive search for their next head coach, with the front office narrowing down their final candidates to three. Kenny Atkinson, Terry Stotts, and Darvin Ham. But, it appears the Charlotte Hornets are also eyeing the same coaches for their HC vacancy, with Ham one of their favorites to replace the recently fired James Borrego.
Ham, Stotts and Atkinson are in consideration for the Charlotte Hornets vacancy as well. Ham is also a serious candidate for the Hornets, according to sources.
Ham reportedly made the “strongest impression” on the Lakers front office and certainly is ready for a head coaching job at the NBA level. He even served as an assistant for LA from 2011-13. The Hornets parted ways with Borrego after another disappointing blowout loss in the Play-In Tournamentfollowing a tough end to the season.
The pressure is certainly less with this Hornets vacancy compared to coaching LeBron James and the Lakers. There were such high expectations for Los Angeles coming into 2021-22 but they failed miserably, finishing with a 33-49 record despite The King putting together a historic campaign at the age of 37.
That being said, it seems likely whoever doesn't get hired by the Lakers will probably be employed by Michael Jordan and the Hornets. Nevertheless, all three coaches are experienced and capable of leading either organization.