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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue plans to meet with Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton and associate coach Brian Shaw in Las Vegas to discuss the challenge of coaching LeBron James, according to Tania Ganguli of the LA Times.
Lue was an associate coach for the Cavs from 2014-16, then replaced David Blatt as head coach in January of 2016. James returned to the Cavs in the summer of 2014. He and Lue helped Cleveland win its first NBA title in 2016.
LeBron signed a four-year free agent deal with the Lakers this offseason.
“I’ll just tell them, LeBron’s easy,” Lue told the LA Times. “People get this whole thing built up like he’s hard to coach, it’s not. LeBron’s not the problem. It’s the outside tension that’s the problem. Just put added pressure immediately on the coaches, on his teammates. Now everything you do is under a microscope. So it’s going to be a totally different change for the Lakers. They’ll be able to handle it. LeBron is easy to play with, very unselfish. LeBron can bring guys along, make sure they’re doing the right thing. It’s going to be good. The outside is what you’ve gotta be able to block out.”
James has yet to speak with Walton since signing with the Lakers. The four-time MVP is currently in Europe on vacation.
Lue says he spoke with James at times during free agency, but never pressed him on what he was planning to do.
“Everybody he’s touched is made better,” Lue said. “Family, friends, organizations, the city of Cleveland, his players, his coaches. He made everybody’s life easier, everybody’s better. It’s tough to lose that type of piece. It was hard to swallow.”