Tyronn Lue has agreed to change into the following coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
An individual with data of the scenario mentioned remaining phrases had been nonetheless being labored on. The individual spoke to The Related Press on Thursday on situation of anonymity as a result of no contract had been signed.
Lue will exchange Doc Rivers, who had coached the Clippers for the final seven seasons and is now teaching the Philadelphia 76ers. Lue, 43, was on the 59-year-old Rivers’ employees this season when the Clippers wasted a 3-1 lead over Denver and misplaced within the Western Convention semifinals.
It is not the primary time Lue has been promoted to move coach within the NBA within the wake of a firing. He was on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ employees when he changed the fired David Blatt in the course of the 2015-16 season. Beneath Lue’s steering, the Cavs and LeBron James went on to win their first-ever NBA championship that season, making Lue one of many few rookie coaches within the league to ever lead his group to a title.
Lue, who received two NBA championships as a participant with the Los Angeles Lakers, went 128-83 in components of 4 seasons as Cavs coach. He coached the group to the NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018, however each instances they misplaced to Golden State. He was fired after an 0-6 begin to the 2018-19 season.
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Lue was in his second stint with the Clippers, having joined them initially in July 2013. The next June, he went to Cleveland.
Lue’s hiring means there at the moment are six Black head coaches at present within the NBA as he joins Rivers in Philadelphia, Lloyd Pierce in Atlanta, J.B. Bickerstaff in Cleveland, Monty Williams in Phoenix and Dwane Casey in Detroit.
Lue additionally was a candidate for different jobs this low season, together with in Houston and New Orleans.
The Clippers — within the first season of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George enjoying collectively — went 49-23 this common season, the fourth-best report in franchise historical past.