Ham’s journey continues in D-League
Darvin Ham’s final NBA season came in 2004-2005 with the Pistons. He considered moving into broadcasting after briefly playing overseas, but decided to enter the D-League draft this season so he could share his experiences.
“I just want to help these guys learn how to work hard and wait for their opportunity,” Ham said. “You don’t have to be the star. You just have to build on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses.”
Albuquerque coach Jeff Ruland – a former NBA All-Star – jumped at the chance to draft Ham, taking him with the No. 3 overall pick.
“Darvin brings so much to the table,” Ruland said. “He works hard at the little things and goes about his business the right way. He is the ultimate professional.”
Ham says he’s happy with his career, though it almost never happened. As a 14-year-old, Ham was hospitalized after being struck in the jaw by a stray bullet in his Saginaw, Mich., neighborhood.
On the operating table that night, Ham showed he knew how to survive. It’s a lesson he’s hoping to pass on in the D-League.
“I know God has a purpose for my life,” Ham said.
“I’ve had a great career, and I want to share everything I’ve been through. Hopefully, I can be an inspiration to these young guys.”