Clippers HC Tyronn Lue’s plan to fix Kawhi Leonard, Paul George-led locker room
Much has been made about the unsavory culture within the Los Angeles Clippers locker room throughout the 2019-20 season. For their part, the Clippers organization seem adamant to resolve this major problem, and one of the most significant steps they have taken to address the issue is by bringing in new head coach Tyronn Lue. As it turns out, one of the first things on his agenda is to repair a locker room that is believed to be dominated by L.A.’s two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
In a lengthy write-up by Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the report explains exactly why the Clippers brass brought in Lue. His experience in handling the star power with the Cleveland Cavaliers was one of his perceived strengths, having successfully built a proper team dynamic centered around LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love.
Establishing this type of set up in L.A. is apparently one of Lue’s primary responsibilities:
In Los Angeles, Lue will look to push Leonard and George to forgo certain requests or standards to set a better example for their teammates, league sources said. Additionally, he’ll establish a clearer internal hierarchy with the remaining role players, ensuring that players are on the same page and there is no confusion regarding roles and responsibilities. This is Leonard’s team, and Lue is going to let the locker room know that.
Despite all the noise surrounding Leonard and George, the Clippers’ brass remain steadfast in this one-of-a-kind pairing, and they appear to be willing to do everything and anything in their power to find success with these two at the helm:
As the Clippers begin the second year of the Leonard-George partnership, the burden is on Lue, the front office and ownership to figure out how to maximize the pairing. After last season’s embarrassing ending, that task includes continuing to evaluate and determine which players fit around Leonard and George, both on and off the court.
The good news for the Clippers here is that this offseason presents itself as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean. It’s now time to put the past behind them and focus on what they can do to be better this coming season. For his part, Tyronn Lue seems to be the right man for the job to lead the charge for this squad.