Published: Tue, April 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lakers to interview ex Cavs coach Tyronn Lue second time

Lakers to interview ex Cavs coach Tyronn Lue second time

Lue began his 11-year playing career with the Lakers, winning a pair of National Basketball Association titles in three seasons primarily as a backup point guard.

The 41-year-old Lue immediately emerged as a "strong frontrunner" for the head coach position after Luke Walton was sacked from the Lakers last Friday following three seasons at the helm.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has been seen as the favorite to replace Luke Walton with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Lue, who previously served as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers and Cavaliers, became head coach in Cleveland during the 2015-16 season after David Blatt was sacked. Lue led Cleveland to a 128-83 record in four seasons as head coach, but was sacked just six games into the 2018-19 season after James signed with the Lakers in free agency over the summer. The Lakers met with Lue on Friday after a "good interview", according to Turner. The 41-year-old won an NBA championship in his first season and followed that up with two more trips to the NBA Finals. He had also spent time with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant coach.

Pelinka has also talked with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams about the Lakers opening, with Wojnarowski indicating a second visit is likely.

With the Lakers narrowing their search down to two prime candidates and with the offseason only a few months away, it's clear that Los Angeles is looking to get a deal done as quickly as possible. However, the New York Times reported that "some in the Lakers' organisation may fear hiring Lue would be giving LeBron too much control". Williams coached the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans for five seasons from 2010-2015.

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