The Los Angeles Clippers officially named Tyronn Lue their next head coach on Thursday, a move that seemingly sits well with the players.
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported Clippers players are “happy” Lue was named head coach, adding “They felt Lue was the best choice” for the job.
Sources: Clipper players happy Ty Lue was named head coach of the team. They felt Lue was best choice.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) October 15, 2020
Lue was seen by many as the front-runner to land the job after the Clippers parted ways with Doc Rivers. He had been on Rivers’ staff for the past couple years, so he has plenty of familiarity with the roster.
Perhaps more importantly, Lue has a history of managing star players.
Lue took over for David Blatt as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers nearly midway through the 2015-16 season. He subsequently led the Cavs to the NBA Finals, where Cleveland capped off its championship season with a historic comeback against a 73-9 Golden State Warriors team.
Of course, Lue’s success extended into his next couple years in “The Land.” The 2016-17 Cavs actually might have been LeBron’s best team in Cleveland, but that squad had the misfortune of running into a Warriors team that added Kevin Durant.
Lue and James would then drag an underwhelming Cavs roster to the Finals once again in 2018, though they stood no chance against Durant and the Warriors.
Now, Lue takes on a similar challenge in Los Angeles.
The Clippers are coming off a disappointing playoff exit after blowing a 3-1 lead of their own. Players were reportedly frustrated with Rivers’ coaching decisions, and there seems to be a bit of internal with respect to Paul George and his relationship with the rest of the roster.
However, it would seem Lue is well-equipped to handle purported chemistry issues, and the players are seemingly embracing his hiring.