Report: Lakers considering Tyronn Lue as next coach
The Lakers reportedly aren’t interested in hiring Jason Kidd.
Whom are they interested in succeeding Luke Walton, who’s expected to get fired after the season?
Lue was highly successful coaching the Cavaliers, winning 61% of his regular-season games and 67% of his playoff games. Of course, winning comes easier with LeBron James.
But many complications follow LeBron, too. He draws massive amounts of attention, increases pressure and sometimes acts passive-aggressively. Lue is used to all of it.
After Cleveland fired Lue earlier this season, LeBron vouched for him:
T Lue thanks for the memories and more importantly our partnership bringing a 🏆 to that deserved city/fan base. U know how to find me 🙏🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2018
I’d prefer Lue to Mark Jackson, the other person commonly linked to the Lakers job. Lue has shown far more offensive imagination, though Lue’s ability to implement a sound defense is questionable. Jackson has done that. But not with LeBron, who has coasted defensively for years. Lue has shown a good sense of when and when not to push LeBron, not an easy line to walk.
The Lakers shouldn’t hire a coach for just LeBron, and they should consider candidates not already linked to him or the organization. But he is the most important person in the franchise. He should have a say in the coach (which partially explains why Walton seems finished).
One person likely rooting for Lue to get the Lakers job: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who’s still paying Lue.