Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard – Paul George tandem should stick long-term, claims Tyronn Lue
Newly-appointed Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue is not buying into the rumors of a supposed discord within his own team, specifically involving his two superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
So much so, that Lue has flat out disregarded the notions that the underachieving Clippers will blow-up its core next season. As far as the one-time NBA champion coach is concerned, both Leonard and George will be donning Clipper jerseys for the foreseeable future.
“I think Kawhi and PG are going to stay for a long time. I think in their situation and where they want to be, it’s here with the Clippers. We just gotta make it a great environment, and we have to win,” the 43-year-old tactician said, in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols.
As disappointing as their 2019-20 campaign was, it really doesn’t make sense for the Clippers to just trade away The Klaw or PG13 considering they invested in them with massive contracts.
Even with the uncertain future of Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers still boast a formidable unit especially with the best two-way players in the league playing for one team.
Chemistry seems to be their number one issue, and that could be addressed under Lue’s command this offseason. Plus, Leonard and George didn’t exactly play a lot of regular-season games together, mainly due to injuries and Leonard’s load management.
While their individual brilliance was good enough for the Clippers to secure the second-seed in the West, that lack of floor time together went on to bite them in the rear come playoff time.
Leonard and George practically took turns on offense, with the other guy basically just lounging outside the 3-point line. Add in the fact that the Clippers did not have a reliable playmaker, forcing their two superstars to work extra hard to get their looks.
That isn’t exactly a formula for winning basketball. Tyronn Lue has seen that firsthand while he served as deputy for the ousted Doc Rivers. Still, it remains to be seen if Lue could finally make the Leonard-George tandem click next season.