Los Angeles Clippers decided to put assistant Tyronn Lue on the hot seat. Before that, he was the coach who brought Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 VBA Championship.
The source of ESPN said Tyronn Lue signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers to become the next coach of the team. Representatives of the two sides completed the contract negotiation process yesterday. The Clippers trust Lue’s experience when he helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach the 2016 NBA Championship.
The 43-year-old strategist received the support of the Clippers players. Lue worked with Kawhi Leonard and his teammates throughout the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach. His predecessor, Doc Rivers, was sacked after his western semi-final defeat to Denver Nuggets.
His duties at the new season are undoubtedly the Championship, as both the biggest stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George enter the final year of their contract. Last season, the duo helped the Clippers have their fourth good main season record and were expected to win the NBA Championship but failed.
Tyronn Lue spent many years as an assistant manager until mid-season 2015-16, when he was promoted to the Cleveland Cavaliers hot seat to replace David Blatt. At the end of that season, he led LeBron James, Kyrie Irving to the first Championship in the club’s history.
Lue took Cleveland to the NBA Finals two more times, but was soon fired early in the 2018-19 season, losing six consecutive games after LeBron James’s departure. The 43-year-old coach had been the target of the LA Lakers pursuit for captaincy this season, but he decided to go to the Clippers to once again work as an assistant to Doc Rivers.
In more than three years as head coach, Tyronn Lue has a record of winning 128 games, losing 83 games. In the Playoffs, he won 41 games and lost 20 times. Before moving to coaching career, he and the Lakers were twice crowned NBA Champions in 2009 and 2010.