The two men reported to be the favorites to be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers have something in common.
Monty Williams and Tyronn Lue are being told to not take the Lakers’ job because, well, the team is a mess.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, appearing on ESPN 710 with Mason & Ireland on Wednesday, said she believes Williams, now serving as an assistant on coach Brett Brown’s staff with the Philadelphia 76ers, is the frontrunner.
“I think Monty’s the favorite, but I don’t know how that interview went last night,” she said. “I haven’t heard from either side and it also is a choice for him. He’s probably in line if Philly opens up. If they lose or if they fall short, he’d be in line to step in there. His kids are settled there, he’s done a lot of moving around, so I could see him stay there.”
Then, there was this:
“And also, everyone in the league has told him not to take the job,” she added.
The night before, Jorge Sedano of ESPN said Lue, the man who guided the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA championship, said Lue has been given the same advice in regard to the Lakers’ job.
“So I told you earlier, and I mentioned this yesterday, that someone I know that is a mutual friend with Ty Lue, that is a very close friend to Ty Lue, told me, ‘I told Ty, don’t take the Lakers job. This thing is a mess,'” he said.