Video: Derek Fisher awkwardly tells Tyronn Lue he’s excited about LeBron James in LA
Derek Fisher and Tyronn Lue had some great times. The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard and his backup both won a title during their dominant 2001 run in the NBA Playoffs with the lone blemish courtesy of the Philadelphia Sixers’ Allen Iverson and his iconic crossover and step over on the pesky Lue.
While Fisher lasted a lot longer (including a return to Los Angeles after sojourns with the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz), Lue bounced around frequently, playing for as much as seven teams in his last 11 seasons before hanging up his sneakers.
Fisher ultimately joined his former teammate in retirement and became coaches — with their fortunes reversed. Fisher was gifted the New York Knicks head coaching position by his former mentor Phil Jackson (also because of his familiarity with the Triangle offense) but went on to finish the 2014-15 season with a franchise-worst 17-65 record, and was fired not long after. Lue on the other hand, was in cloud nine — immediately leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship shortly after taking over, followed by two straight NBA Finals trips.
Then again, that success could mostly be attributed to the presence of LeBron James — who most famously packed his bags last week to the Lakers and possibly steer his first Western Conference team to a deep playoff run and (very possibly) a championship as well.
Coach Lue was a guest during the Cavaliers-Washington Summer League game, and his former teammate just couldn’t help but gush about the prospect of adding a player of LeBron’s caliber — even if it inadvertently slighted his buddy in the process.