It’s been five days since Tyronn Lue unofficially became the Lakers head coach.
When Monty Williams officially agreed to take the Suns job Friday, that left the Lakers with Lue as the last candidate standing. According to the New York Times, that is what the faction of the Lakers organization in favor of Lue was waiting for: Williams to make his decision, so Lue would be the only choice.
Yes, this is one of the famous brands in sports waiting for the Suns, who are coming off a 19-63 season, to make their choice less complicated.
One of the concerns from the portion of the Lakers brass was whether LeBron James would have too much power if Lue, who coached him on the Cavaliers, took the position. That appears to be well-founded even before Lue has accepted the job, which, according to the Times, remains inevitable.
James is pushing behind the scenes for former Bulls and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau be added to Lue’s staff, The Athletic reported. James’ confidants have reached out to Thibodeau to gauge his interest.
It’s unclear if it would be a match, as the site reports Thibodeau is hesitant for several reasons: He’s still getting paid significant cash from the Timberwolves, he could be holding out for a head-coaching job, and his experience with the unstable Minnesota management could keep him away from a similar situation in Los Angeles.
And that about perfectly sums up the state of these Lakers.
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