Ham appeared in 417 career games as a player (45 starts) with the Nuggets, Pacers, Wizards, Bucks, Hawks and Pistons, averaging 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game. He also played in 55 postseason games, winning an NBA championship with the Pistons in 2004.
Ham, 44, is currently an assistant coach in Atlanta. He’s credited with developing players like Tim Hardaway Jr., Taurean Prince and Dewayne Dedmon. With the Lakers, he worked with all-time greats like Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
When I first met him, I thought he was going to be all about dunks. Man, was I wrong, Bryant said. He understands basketball in ways very few guys can. He can explain things like a player, but then break it down like a coach. I love talking hoops with him.
He’s gotten so much better every year. I see how guys he’s worked with get better. That’s what the league is about.
But that number does not represent a conclusive case. For one, it has shrunk as the season has progressed; the Sixers have been neutral in those Simmons/non-Embiid minutes over the past two months, and won them handily in February. They have outscored teams in the inverse minutes (Embiid without Simmons) by about 2.5 points per 100 possession — nice, but far from dominant.
But as the old cliche goes, the NBA is still a business. The Clippers viewed Jordan as an expensive asset leading up to the deadline, one who could net a first-round pick or blue-chip youngster. Then the moment came when Frank and West had to go back to the old apartment, and Jordan was sitting in a chair waiting to turn on the lamp with an ominous stare. Jordan has a player option for next season worth $24.1 million, but he could decline it in favor of free agency, essentially telling the Clippers, Hey, the rent is higher now. Time to pay up.
Los Angeles’ decision-making process will be interesting as the team is currently ninth in the West, only a half-game back of the Pelicans and Nuggets for a playoff spot. The Clippers just signed Lou Williams to a three-year extension and have several players under contract through next season, so finding a new path wouldn’t be simple.