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Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue began assisting Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and his staff on Sunday in an informal role, according to Andrew Grief of the Los Angeles Times.
Lue, who led the Cavs to their lone championship in 2016, has not been hired by the Clippers, but will continue to help out in a volunteer role throughout the season.
“He just watches and if he’s sees something … he’s just part of the group,” Rivers said of Lue.
He was an assistant with Rivers with the Clippers and Boston Celtics before coming to the Cavs as the lead assistant to David Blatt in 2014. Lue took over the team in the middle of the 2015-16 season, directing it to a title win over the Golden State Warriors.
Under Lue, the Cavs became the only team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. They reached the Finals twice after that, losing to the Warriors each time. He compiled a 128-83 record in Cleveland.
Lue was fired by the Cavs in late October, when general manager Koby Altman said Lue was not a fit with the team’s current group.
Rivers reacted by saying that the firing made “no sense.”