Tyronn Lue, LeBron James reportedly want to add Tom Thibodeau to Lakers bench
Nothing is official yet, but Tyronn Lue will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. In an interesting addition, reports now have former Pacers and Magic head coach Frank Vogel next to Lue on the bench. It could mesh well, Vogel is defensively minded and views the game differently from Lue, something that can lead to good coaching chemistry.
How about adding Tom Thibodeau to that mix?
Lue and LeBron James like the idea, reports Frank Isola of The Athletic.
Thibodeau, the one guy who probably thinks LeBron should play MORE minutes, seems an odd fit on the surface. However, if the goal is to recruit a free agent such as Jimmy Butler, the presence of Thibodeau could help (the coach and former player remain close).
Also, the man understands defenses. Maybe it could work, but only if Thibodeau was ready to go back to being an assistant coach. After having been a head coach his last two stops — and the president of basketball operations with personnel power in Minnesota — it seems unlikely, something Isola notes.
This is more likely the kind of thing where feelers go out, everybody is polite but the idea never gains any traction, and it’s quickly gone.
Still, the idea is entertaining.