Tyronn Lue Rumors

Schiffer: You read my mind on Thibs. And I’ve received the same mixed signals on the Lue/Irving relationship. What I wonder about with Lue is that his personal health suffered from his time in Cleveland and I wonder if he wants to go through all of that again and go into another situation where the expectations are enormous from the start. After those two though, like you said, there’s no name that jumps out. Then you go into a lot of first-time coaches, which I think is out of the question. To me, if Lue says no, then who knows what turns the coaching search takes.
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Following the Daily News’ report that Lue is interested in the Nets’ coaching job, Richard Jefferson and Paul Pierce were both bullish on the possibilities of a Brooklyn connection. “Ty Lue, definitely — I think he would be a great fit,” Pierce said Tuesday’s on ESPN’s ‘The Jump.’ “Are they going to be a championship caliber team if you put Ty Lue in there and add (Kevin Durant) with Kyrie Irving? Yes. Can they do it? We have yet to see. Or it has yet to happen. But a great fit all across the board, I believe.”
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Critics of Lue have labeled him a strong manager of egos who is poor with X’s and O’s. Jefferson said that’s foolish. “That’s stupid. That’s a dumb statement,” Jefferson said. “T-Lue and Gregg Popovich are the two best X’s and O’s coaches that I’ve played for in my entire basketball career. From high school all the way up until I retired.”
Larry Drew replaced Tyronn Lue as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the beginning of the 18-19 season, but he ultimately wanted to leave before the season was over. “He wanted to quit at the All-Star break last year… on Cleveland,” said Joe Vardon on the Tampering podcast. “He wanted to leave. He wanted them to promote whoever was the G League coach.”
Tyronn Lue, LA Clippers assistant, former Cavs coach: I’ve got a thousand stories, but my favorite LeBron story, after we win Game 5 at Golden State, everybody’s happy and we’re celebrating a little bit, LeBron tells the guys “listen, you guys go home, give me everything you’ve got Game 6, I guarantee you I got y’all Game 7. I guarantee you I got y’all Game 7. I guarantee you we’ll come back to Cleveland with a championship.” And everybody went crazy, was going crazy. So we come back home, we win Game 6, and we bring it in the huddle in the locker room. And LeBron said “I didn’t forget what I promised you guys. I got you all Game 7.” Everybody went crazy, and we got on the plane and we go there and we win a championship. I think he gave the guys something to look forward to. Because you can be kind of nervous in those situations, but I think when LeBron spoke up and said that, it gave us that little extra boost of positivity.
Earlier in the day, during a recording of Showtime’s “All The Smoke” podcast, he talked about his fateful decision to come to Boston. At the time, he said, he was choosing between the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors, and the Boston Celtics. Garnett says the Warriors and Suns situations just weren’t right for him. He said his first choice was the Lakers, saying “I wanted to link with (Kobe Bryant),” but he says Bryant didn’t answer his call. “I shouted at Kobe he didn’t pick the line up,” he told podcast hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. “T-Lue (Tyronn Lue) and Kobe were close and he said ‘shoot at him again and see what he on.’ So I shouted again and he didn’t get back, so I had to make a decision.”
Lue moved out of that house every summer, and back into it before each of his four seasons as the Cavaliers head coach. He moved out for the final time in November 2019, after the Cavs fired him following an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season. They’ve been struggling through the rebuild since his dismissal, incurring 85 losses and experiencing messy moments. And yet, Lue, in his first interview since his dismissal, told The Athletic he still wishes he were in Cleveland, still coaching a franchise that he helped win its first and only NBA title, in 2016.
“Yeah, I do,” Lue said, after a full 12-second pause to consider the question. “What I tried to build there, I think the culture I tried to set … I thought we could do it together. Koby (Altman) being a young GM, me being a young coach, having young players. I won a championship there, so you have a chance and an opportunity to do something different, and you should have that leeway to be able to go through a couple challenging years. To win a championship and go to the (NBA) Finals should buy you a little time, you would think.”
Lue, 42, is now an assistant coach under his friend and mentor, Doc Rivers, with the LA Clippers. They host the Cavs on Tuesday in Lue’s first game against his old team. “I don’t think it should’ve happened,” Lue said. “When it happened, I just kind of … It puts everything in perspective. You’ve got to continue to keep working, it’s a business — you’ve got to understand that. It was tough. To win the first championship ever in Cleveland history, and then make the finals (the next two years) and then get fired six games in, it’s hard to swallow and it’s tough to deal with. You start thinking about things like what you could have done different or if it was going to happen if you did anything different anyway. “You don’t see that very often where a coach goes to three straight finals and wins a championship, and gets fired (the season immediately after the third finals), six games into (the season). You probably have never seen it.”

Rockets, Pelicans pursue Ty Lue as an assistant

The Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans have pursued former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue as a lead assistant, but Lue’s focus remains on a return to the NBA in a head coaching role, league sources told The Athletic. One of the top coaches available on the market, Lue has had a couple of assistant coaching offers since being fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in October 2018 and rejecting the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job in May 2019, sources said. He had a 128-83 record in his three-plus seasons with the Cavaliers and helped lead the franchise to three consecutive Finals appearances – including the 2016 NBA championship.
In November, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Maverick Carter, LeBron’s longtime business partner, met for lunch. James’ agent, Rich Paul, was seated at a nearby table, and at one point, approached Silver to complain about Walton, multiple sources familiar with the interaction told ESPN. Paul said he didn’t believe Walton was the right coach for the Lakers. Silver shrugged off the remark and asked whom Paul thought would be the right coach. Paul suggested Tyronn Lue.
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According to a person close to the Lakers management, through the negotiation process the Lakers developed concerns about Lue’s fit with the organization. Part of those concerns stemmed from Lue’s disagreement with the Lakers about who would be on his staff. While they agreed on Vogel, they disagreed on Jason Kidd, whom the Lakers insisted he include. They also balked at Lue’s counter to the three-year deal the offered.
James has a strong relationship with Kidd, multiple sources told ESPN, which may have helped Kidd’s leverage in landing the job on the Lakers’ bench. James was taken aback by how the Lue negotiations broke down, a league source told ESPN, but James “liked” several Instagram posts touting the Vogel/Kidd hires over the weekend. It has been James’ only public endorsement of the team’s recent hires.
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“Ty Lue won an NBA championship in Cleveland with LeBron James,” said Harper, who won two of his five championships with the Lakers. “Ty Lue should have been the next head coach. That’s where I stand at. I know I don’t have a vote in it. I know I ain’t got nothing riding on it, but Ty Lue should have been the next coach. “I don’t know if Frank Vogel is a step up from Luke. That’s what it’s going to boil down to, right? I thought Luke should have kept the job. I thought Luke got a raw deal too.”
Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson and former Nets coach Lionel Hollins have been informed that they are among the head coaches on the Lakers’ radar, league sources confirmed to SNY. The Lakers’ coaching search re-opened earlier this week when negotiations between Tyronn Lue and Los Angeles reportedly fell apart.
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In light of the failed pursuit of former Cleveland Cavaliers head Tyronn Lue by the Los Angeles Lakers, disgruntled fans are planning to stage a protest outside of Staples Center on Friday at 12 p.m. The protest was organized by Reddit user Charlie Rivers (u/C-P-R) in an effort to get the attention of Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss, who he says doesn’t care about the fans but “cares what the media says.”

Lakers interview Frank Vogel

The Lakers are moving fast to try to fill their head-coaching vacancy by setting up an interview with former Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel on Thursday, according to people not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. In an event-filled Wednesday in which sources from the Lakers camp and Tyronn Lue camp said both parties had moved on from the other in the hiring process, the Lakers quickly targeted Vogel as a candidate and he will have a sit-down at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.
Beyond an inability to agree on contractual terms, the Lakers had proposed several scenarios involving their preferred candidates for assistant coaches, including Jason Kidd, league sources said. The Cleveland Cavaliers still owe Lue $10-plus million on his contract payout, and accepting a less-than-market value deal from the Lakers could ultimately cost him money.
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General manager Rob Pelinka and front office advisor Kurt Rambis had interviewed Kidd for the head coaching job, and became convinced that he should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff, league sources said. They believed Kidd could be impactful with point guard Lonzo Ball, and were impressed with the Milwaukee Bucks player development during his tenure there. It isn’t believed that Lue had objections to Kidd joining his staff, but the two had not discussed the possibility directly, league sources said.
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