Tyronn Lue to reunite with Doc Rivers, Clippers

Tyronn Lue Likely To Become Top Assistant Coach For Clippers

Tyronn Lue Likely To Become Top Assistant Coach For Clippers

Lue will be an assistant coach for the consistently superior occupant of the back end of this decade, the LA Clippers.

Tyronn Lue, who coached Cleveland to the 2016 National Basketball Association championship, is engaged in talks with the Clippers about joining coach Doc Rivers' staff as a top assistant, a hiring that is considered likely to happen, a person with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to The Times.

Tyronn Lue is headed to LA after all. Lue was able to accomplish what no other coach in Cleveland could, which was collect a roster large on star power and egos and short on overall roster depth, and play those pieces to those strengths long enough to win an National Basketball Association championship.

He followed that up with an associate head coach stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which led to him being named head coach, a job that lasted from 2016 to 2018, and included the franchise's sole National Basketball Association title. In a league that is run by the players, Lue has found success managing personalities, and is an underrated strategic mind.

One of Lue's 11 National Basketball Association seasons as a guard was spent playing for Rivers in Orlando, and he broke into coaching in 2011 with Boston while Rivers was the Celtics' head coach. However, he won't be reuniting with LeBron James and the Lakers. Except he's joining the Clippers, not the Lakers.

Cleveland fired Lue last season after an 0-6 start, and Rivers defended Lue at the time, calling the decision "awful".

Lue was considered to be the top candidate to take over as the Lakers head coach after they fired Luke Walton, but the negotiations went south and he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration. The champion coach also didn't like the fact that the team is insisting to hire Jason Kidd as his top assistant. And what he brings to the table is handling the sort of star power, media attention, and multitude of egos a team like the 2019-20 Clippers promise to bring to the table. He then spent the remainder of the season working in an informal role with Rivers and the Clippers.

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