Phil Jackson told Jeanie Buss that Tyronn Lue would be a good hire
Phil Jackson reportedly told Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss that hiring Tyronn Lue as head coach would be a good move for the franchise, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
With the Phoenix Suns hiring Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams on Friday, the franchise is widely expected to hire Lue, who coached LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons.
Former Lakers great championship coach Phil Jackson also suggested to owner Jeanie Buss that Ty Lue would be a really good coach for the Lakers, per sources.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) May 3, 2019
Lue played for the Lakers during his playing career. He was part of the 2001 championship team which defeated Allen Iverson and the Sixers in five games.
James and Lue won the title in 2016 with the Cavs over the Golden State Warriors. Lue went 128-83 during the regular season with the Cavs and 41-20 in the postseason.
The famed Purple and Gold haven’t made the playoffs since 2013. This summer is a big one for the Purple and Gold. They are expected to try and trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar big man Anthony Davis again, as well as sign star players in free agency. Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker all become free agents this summer.
Lue has interviewed with the Lakers twice. It would be a shock to many around the league if he’s not hired in the next couple of days.