While former Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue is considered by many to be the frontrunner to be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, one NBA insider says the Lakers have some reservations about reuniting Lue with superstar LeBron James.
Marc Stein of The New York Times wrote that Lue, who along with James, helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA championship, would bring some baggage if he were to assume the position that became vacant when the team parted ways with Luke Walton after three seasons Friday. Walton accepted the head-coaching job with the Sacramento Kings one day later.
Walton’s departure came three days after then-Lakers president Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world by announcing he was stepping down last Tuesday before Los Angeles’ season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.
“The Lakers responded to Johnson’s sudden exit by vowing to ‘work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future,’” Stein wrote.
He explained his rationale behind that statement.
“What that means so far is interviews for their coaching vacancy in the coming days with Monty Williams of the 76ers; Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach; and the Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard,” Stein wrote.
“With a buzz circulating in coaching circles that Williams has a stronger-than-expected shot at the job because some in the Lakers’ organization may fear hiring Lue would be giving LeBron too much control.”