Tyronn Lue reportedly leaves ‘lasting impression’ on Lakers in coaching interview
The interviews are done, now the Lakers just have to make a decision.
A team of Lakers officials — which included owner Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka, plus co-owners and front office executives Joey Buss and Jesse Buss — met this past week with Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams, the two frontrunners for the Lakers’ head coaching job. They also met with Juwan Howard, according to reports. (Jason Kidd was given an interview, but sources say he was not seriously in the running.)
Lue — who coached LeBron to a title in Cleveland — reportedly had a strong interview where he “struck an emotional chord” with the team, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Williams had a strong interview as well.
Read the tea leaves from those interview comments however you wish. However, in nearly every decision Jeanie Buss has made as an owner she has stayed within her comfort zone, and Lue — a former Laker — is in that circle.
Williams is busy, he also interviewed with Phoenix about its coaching vacancy, while doing his job as a Philadelphia assistant coach getting the 76ers ready for Game 1 against the Raptors on Saturday.
There is no timetable for a Lakers’ decision and job offer, but expect it to come sooner rather than later.