Former Cavs coach Lue has already been contacted by Lakers

Former Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has been contacted by the Lakers about their head-coaching position.

The Los Angeles Lakers have already reached out to Tyronn Lue about their vacant head-coaching position, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Lue, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA championship in 2016 with now-Lakers star LeBron James at the fore, was fired after Cleveland staggered out of the gate with an 0-6 start this season. He and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams are the reported frontrunners for the Lakers’ job, an opening that came about when the team and former coach Luke Walton reportedly had a mutual parting of the ways this week.

Lue and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra are the only two coaches to guide a James-led team to an NBA title, Spoelstra doing so with the Miami Heat in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In his first season in Los Angeles, James and the Lakers went 37-45 and missed the playoffs for a franchise-record sixth consecutive season.

Lue spent his first three seasons as a player with the Lakers (1999-2001). He later played for the Washington Wizards, making him a teammate of both the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as Michael Jordan with the Wizards.

He compiled a 128-83 record (.607) as coach of the Cavaliers in the regular season, as well as a 41-20 mark (.672) during the playoffs.

— Sam Amico contributed to this report

1 Comment on "Former Cavs coach Lue has already been contacted by Lakers"

  1. This will be extremely disappointing if Lue becomes Lakers HC. It will mean LBJ will have never played for a genius coach. Lue will function as LeBron’s underling… Again! Maybe LeBron prefers a mediocre coach.

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