Pessimism in Brooklyn persists with potential Tyronn Lue head coach job
The Brooklyn Nets still have San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as their prime target for their head coaching vacancy next season. But since it will practically take a miracle to pry him out of Texas, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue seems to be the more logical and realistic choice.
However, there’s been talk of some reluctance from the Brooklyn camp about possibly enlisting the NBA-champion coach as their bench boss for the 2020-21 campaign.
Per SNY sources, the Nets reportedly feel that Lue won’t be much of an upgrade from their former head coach, Kenny Atkinson, who resigned from his post last March. Interim head coach Jacque Vaughn took his place, but the Nets’ two superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are reportedly looking for a more high-profile coach to steer the team to an NBA title.
It remains unclear which Nets members of the Nets organization are doubtful of Lue’s capabilities, but they are certainly not alone in the matter. Despite coaching the LeBron James and Kyrie Irving-led Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title in 2016, pundits have often questioned how much of an impact Lue brought to that team. There has been a wide notion that LeBron pretty much called the shots on most plays and often ignored Lue’s tactics.
The only thing Lue has going for him is he already has a relationship with Irving. Still, we have yet to hear a statement from Uncle Drew about endorsing his former coach. Lue, meanwhile, is also being considered by the Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans.
Apart from coach Pop and Lue, former Nets player and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd is also a strong candidate for the position.