Tyronn Lue to reunite with Doc Rivers, Clippers

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2019

Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins thinks it will be a "scary sight" for the Los Angeles Lakers to see Tyronn Lue serve as an assistant coach for city rivals Los Angeles Clippers.

The Lakers' loss is the Clippers gain, as a roster with once prized inevitable future Lakers (as the club's leaky front office and fan culture would love you to believe), Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, will be coached by Doc Rivers, whose pedigree is well-known in National Basketball Association circles, and now also adds another championship head coach to the bench in Tyronn Lue.

Just barely over three months after being wished a happy birthday by a Lakers-themed cake, seemingly willing into existence the reunion of the former Cavs head coach with LeBron James, Tyronn Lue has chose to coach in Staples Center after all. Other coaches sit one row behind. Kalamian and Cassell were front-row assistants last season.

One of Lue's 11 National Basketball Association seasons as a guard was spent playing for Rivers in Orlando, and he broke into coaching in 2011 with Boston while Rivers was the Celtics' head coach. Lue has a 128-83 career record as a head coach.

After replacing David Blatt midway through the 2015-16 campaign, Lue led the Cavaliers to a 27-14 record in the second half of the season en route to securing the franchise's first National Basketball Association title - Cleveland's first major professional sports championship since 1964. Lue was then fired during his fourth season in charge. He then spent the remainder of the season working in an informal role with Rivers and the Clippers.

Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers were widely expected to come to agreement on a contract for him to become head coach before talks broke down. It's his only head coaching experience and the only team he's coached for sans Rivers. That job instead went to Frank Vogel.

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