San Diego State's Malcolm Thomas speaks with Darvin Ham during the Denver Nuggets' first rookie workout at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Photo courtesy Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post.
I forgot to mention a rather interesting note during my rundown during last week's 2011 NBA Draft workouts so I figured it better get squeezed in on this lovely Monday morning: Darvin Ham, head coach of the New Mexico Thunderbirds, is helping the Denver Nuggets run their pre-draft workouts.
Ham's Thunderbirds finished the NBA Development League season with a 20-30 record after losing top draft pick Alan Anderson to the lure of more money in Europe early in the season, but the 37-year-old NBA veteran has earned at least a cursory audition for an NBA gig.
Ham, along with fellow former Nugget Ryan Bowen, helped George Karl and his staff last week during pre-draft workouts as a sort of tryout to replace former assistant coach Stacey Augmon. Augmon, a former player himself, went back to coach for his alma mater at UNLV.
"It's more of an interviewing process," Karl told the Denver Post. "We brought them in to see them work."
Considering Ham has been either a player-coach, assistant coach or head coach in the D-League since 2007, it's good to see him getting at least a look-see from the Nuggets. If nothing else, he should be able to teach Chris Andersen how to win the dunk contest.