Tyronn Lue May Be Early Frontrunner For Clippers’ Job

There’s a sense that Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue ranks as the “early favorite” to replace Doc Rivers‘ as L.A.’s head coach, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times (Twitter link). ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski expresses a similar sentiment, writing that Lue is “in a strong position” to be promoted to the Clippers’ head coaching role.

As Wojnarowski explains, Lue checks many of the boxes the Clippers are looking for as they seek a replacement for Rivers. He led the Cavaliers to multiple NBA Finals and won a championship in 2016, and understands the pressures of the job, having been constantly under the spotlight when he coached LeBron James and Cavs.

However, Woj cautions that the Clippers intend to conduct a search before making any decisions.

Lue was one of the first Clippers candidates named in the wake of Rivers’ exit from Los Angeles, along with Jeff Van Gundy, though a separate report indicated that the team didn’t have any specific replacement in mind when it elected to part ways with Rivers.

Lue interviewed with the Sixers on Tuesday, and while it appears increasingly unlikely that he’ll be Philadelphia’s top choice, he has been linked to multiple other coaching vacancies besides the 76ers’ and Clippers’ openings. He’s reportedly expected to have an informal meeting with the Pelicans on Friday and is scheduled to interview next week with the Rockets.

newest oldest

14 thoughts on “Tyronn Lue May Be Early Frontrunner For Clippers’ Job

  1. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    “I think I’m getting tired of being the early frontrunner…”
    – Tyronn Lue

    • Lol, good one.. so who’s going to be the ex point guard who comes from nowhere to take the Clippers job?

      • x%sure

        Shaun Livingston. Nobody should turn down a HC job because they want to be a GM. Popovich proved they’re not separate tracks. Brent Barry less sure about that

  2. GoLandCrabs

    When Lue was the frontrunner for the Lakers job he was “Lebrons puppet” but of course the haters won’t say he is a puppet now that he could coach the Clippers.

    • He’s trying to get from out of the shadow of the great one. Be his own man. I can understand that.

    • specialfriedrice

      No, I’ve said he was a puppet

      Also questioned the ridiculous amount of media articles pushing for a new job for him too

      And I still think he is a puppet now

  3. mrshyguy99

    so clippers have a a capable coach in sam cassell. why not give him a look. ill take him over lue.

  4. OCTraveler

    Interesting that Lue is first often found on the bench of a coach who is fired and then winds up with his bench-mates’s job.

Leave a Reply