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Report: Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue to interview for Cavaliers head coaching job

May 24, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers are apparently going to conduct a wide-ranging search for their next head coach, which will be an extremely important hire for the immediate future of the franchise.

Mike Brown failed miserably in his second stint in Cleveland, and was blown out after one year with four more still remaining on his deal. Kyrie Irving is the one superstar the team still has in place, at least for one more season until he can become an unrestricted free agent.

The Cavs can offer Irving an extension before then, but unless a solid head coach is in place who can convince Irving that a realistic long-term plan for winning is in place, there’s no reason for him to forego the opportunity to pursue a better situation.

The latest coaching candidate added to the list may or may not instill that type of confidence.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue will interview for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head-coaching job late next week, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Cavaliers had closely examined the college ranks for a head coach, and are now looking at the landscape of NBA assistant coaches and former head coaches. …

In five years as an assistant under coach Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, Lue has developed into one of the NBA’s most well-regarded young head-coaching prospects.

Tyronn Lue is most widely known for being Allen Iverson’s victim in one of the signature highlights of the 2001 NBA Finals.

It’s tough to see the Cavaliers going with an unproven head coach this time around, given all that’s at stake. Of the names that have been floated, Alvin Gentry seems to be the best, and Vinny Del Negro might be the worst.

Lue lands somewhere in between, but again, you’d be risking Irving’s future on a first-time head coach — which may not ultimately be the wisest of decisions.

  1. rrhoe - May 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Makes me wonder why no one has talked with George Karl yet……

  2. SBoy - May 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Glad to see Lue getting some respect as opposed to be treated as some guy who played for Phil Jackson… He is actually more qualified than Kerr, Fisher, or Kidd or M. Jackson when they were hired, just to name a few. He is a legit candidate for Cleveland or NY. Probably a better fit in NY with PJ to shield and mentor him and not the pressure to keep Kyrie.

  3. josh928 - May 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I hope Allen Iverson comes out of the stands and crosses him over.

    • SBoy - May 24, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      If he does I hope Lue reflects the light off his championship ring in A.I’s face.

      • enigma2742 - May 25, 2014 at 12:08 AM


      • SBoy - May 25, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        And when Phil Jackson won a championship as a player, they had guys like Willis Reed, Walt Frazer, Earl Monroe, Dave Debusschere, Bill Bradley and so on before you got to PJ… So what’s your point?

        There are plenty of role players who earned their rings and went on to be good coaches… He has experience, knows the triangle and has a relationship with Phil… He is a legit candidate is all I’m saying. Well that and if I was lost in the finals, I wouldn’t tease a guy about one play…

  4. campcouch - May 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    seems like there’s a report every time the Cavs eat a sandwich.

    • SBoy - May 25, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Ha, lol, they still have about 50 stories before they catch up to stories about Kerr… I still can’t get that toothless smile out of my head!

      • 00maltliquor - May 25, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        Baahhahahahaha! Toothless smile CTFU!

  5. eugenesaxe1 - May 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Lue: “Hmm, should I work for a racist owner or a complete idiot owner…decisions decisions.”

  6. abchome - May 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Hire AI as coach. Practice? Players will love him!

  7. goodtogo28 - May 25, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    lionel hollins would be a good fit.

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