Report: Clippers closing in on hiring Tyronn Lue as Doc Rivers’ top assistant
The LA Clippers are closing in on the hiring of Tyronn Lue as the top assistant to head coach Doc Rivers, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Lue had been widely regarded as the leading candidate to take the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching job before talks broke down after vision and compensation disagreements. The 42-year-old coach has worked alongside Rivers before during their time together with the Lob City era of this franchise, along with a previous stint with the Boston Celtics — joining this time as the leading associate head coach.
Along with Monty Williams, Lue was among the most experienced candidates available this offseason, equipped not only with title experience and several trips to the NBA Finals, but also with a previous rapport and the respect of Lakers’ superstar LeBron James.
The tables have turned now, as Lue was unable to find the right opening, instead choosing to join a former working partner in Rivers, for a team across the hall that will face the Lakers at least four times this upcoming season, with the potential to matchup against each other in the playoffs.
Lue won a championship with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and will bring valuable experience to a team now commanded by reigning champion Kawhi Leonard and new star addition Paul George, who are penned as one of the most formidable duos in the Western Conference.
The Lue-Rivers reunion should prove a fruitful one, as they have both encountered success in every one of their ventures together in the sidelines.