The reports of Lue wanting to add his former colleague in Boston, Tom Thibodeau, to his coaching staff are also true. LeBron, through intermediaries, has let it be known that Thibodeau would be a huge asset to have on the bench. LeBron’s close associates were gauging Thibodeau’s interest in becoming a top assistant two weeks ago. It would be similar to the role Mike Brown and Ron Adams serve under Steve Kerr in Golden State. Thibodeau, however, is owed a lot of money from the Minnesota Timberwolves and the feeling is that he would prefer a head coaching job. Thibodeau has the resume and income to be patient. Plus, after dealing with an unstable management group in Minnesota, Thibodeau may be taking a wait-and-see approach with the “new-look” Lakers.
A person close to LeBron has denied that LeBron is pushing for any head coach or assistant coach which is in keeping with LeBron’s “I just work here” public posture. The same person was willing to acknowledge that LeBron has the “utmost respect” for Thibodeau.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue are in the process of working on a contract agreement that would make Lue the franchise’s next head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lue, 42, has not accepted the position yet as both sides continue to focus on contractual parameters, sources said.
If Lue takes the job, Frank Vogel — former coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic — could join his staff as a lead assistant, sources said. Kurt Rambis — a former Lakers player and coach whose wife, Linda, is a trusted confidant and adviser to team owner Jeanie Buss — has had a significant role in the hiring process, sources said.
The Los Angeles Lakers are proceeding toward an offer to Ty Lue in the coming days and have no plans to introduce new candidates into their head-coaching search, league sources told ESPN. The team has been on its own timetable throughout this process and has yet to offer the job to any candidate, league sources said.
The Lakers are poised to make an offer to Tyronn Lue to become their next head coach, and he will come with two endorsers who have 10 Lakers championships between them. Phil Jackson, who coached Lue, and Magic Johnson, who stepped down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations last month, told Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss that they supported the hiring of Lue, according to a person familiar with their discussions.
Johnson and Buss had a dinner Thursday night during which they discussed Buss’ pending decision. Johnson expressed his support for Lue and impressed upon Buss how difficult a feat it is to make three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, the source said. Buss had been taking her time to be deliberate and not have the Lakers rush into any decision.
Lue and James remained close and are both expected to attend the boxing match between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs on Saturday in Las Vegas, where Lue has a home. There were some in the Lakers organization who worried about the perception that if they hired Lue, James had too much power within the organization. Ultimately, the Lakers have decided not to worry about such perceptions.
The last two people the Lakers interviewed for their head-coaching vacancy — Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams on Thursday and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue on Wednesday — were impressed by how thorough the Lakers’ contingent was during their conversations with both men, according to people familiar with the talks.
Neither Williams nor Lue were offered the job and neither was given a timetable on when the Lakers will make their decision, said the people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Miami assistant coach Juwan Howard also impressed the Lakers during his interview Tuesday at the practice facility in El Segundo, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
Bill Oram: The Lakers are sending a big contingent to Philadelphia today for Monty Williams' second interview, sources tell @sam_amick and me. Rob Pelinka and Jeanie Buss leading a group that also includes Joey Buss, Jesse Buss, Kurt and Linda Rambis, and COO Tim Harris.
The goal is seemingly to move Rambis to the bench as an associate head coach. But if that doesn’t work, he could become the assistant general manager.
The Suns appear determined to preempt a Lakers offer, which sources say was part of the timing in the dismissal of former coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday. The Lakers will have completed second interviews with Williams and Ty Lue before the end of Thursday night, and could be closer to reaching a decision on whom to offer the job.
August 17, 2022 | 1:20 pm EDT Update
The Silver and Black will make a historic return to the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 13. With a capacity of 65,000-plus for the Dome, the Spurs are poised to break the attendance record for an NBA regular season game. The Spurs will travel to Austin for a pair of games on Thursday, April 6 and on Saturday, April 8 at Moody Center.
Nets star Kevin Durant enjoyed a trip to Saint-Tropez just days before he doubled down on his trade request earlier this month in a meeting with team owner Joe Tsai. The two-time NBA champion took in the French Riviera as he walked the streets of Saint-Tropez in photos taken on Tuesday, Aug. 2, — a few days before he met with Nets brass that weekend, and proposed an ultimatum to trade him or fire coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
Durant was pictured dribbling a basketball while out with a group of people, including a few women, around 3 a.m. The former league MVP stepped out in a pair of Nike sneakers and rocked a brown hat, a Balenciaga T-shirt, and off-white sweatpants.
Quebec NBA player Luguentz Dort of the Oklahoma City Thunder announced he is launching the Maizon Dort Foundation for underprivileged youth. Maizon Dort is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of underserved youth in Montreal, Oklahoma City and central Arizona.
Maizon Dort’s mission will focus on promoting the health and well-being of young people. The foundation will focus on providing opportunities for children to be active in team sports, such as basketball and soccer. “Basketball and soccer have not only kept me healthy and active as a child, but these team sports have also kept me in a safe environment and on the right path to success,” said Dort. “I learned principles such as hard work and teamwork, which carry over into many aspects of my life today.”
August 17, 2022 | 1:04 pm EDT Update
Christos Tsaltas: Turkey started the Acropolis Tournament with a win over Georgia (101-88). Cedi Osman 22pts, 9-14 FG, 3rebs Furkan Korkmaz 18pts, 4rebs Alperen Sengun 17pts, 6-8 FG, 3rebs Tornike Shengelia 20pts, 5rebs, 6asts Sandro Mamukelashvili 16pts, 14rebs #BizBirlikteyiz #GoGeorgia