It looks like the search for a new head coach has come to an end for the Los Angeles Clippers. Just over two weeks since the organization and Doc Rivers decided to part ways, they’ve already found their new bench boss in Tyronn Lue, who was the Clippers’ assistant last season.
This will be the 43-year old’s second head coaching job, having led the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2016-18, where he won an NBA title in his first year in charge. He was also an assistant for the Clips back in 2013-14. As a player, Lue won back to back Larry O’Brien trophies in 2000 and 01′ with the Los Angeles Lakers, playing a total of ten seasons in the NBA.
This seems like a logical choice for LA, who heavily disappointed in the playoffs by blowing a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets, despite being one of the heavy favorites to win a title. Lue is extremely familiar with the players and personnel within the organization and has always been well-liked by his peers.
Their choice to replace him as the assistant was also interesting, hiring former five-time All-Star Chauncey Billups, who will enter his first coaching job after strictly working with ESPN previously. He’s also served as a TV analyst in past years for the Clippers. Billups definitely brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table and should be a solid hire for Los Angeles.
According to the Indy Star, Billups is still in the running for the HC job with the Pacers, who fired Nate McMillan in August after bowing out in the first round of the playoffs. But for now, he’s agreed to be the next assistant for the Clips.
Back to Lue. He made three straight appearances in the NBA Finals between 2015 and 18′, with two of them as the head coach and one as the assistant HC. He did have LeBron James at the forefront though, but with a very good core of players with the Los Angeles Clippers, the hope is that Lue can guide them to the Finals in the very near future.
In his coaching career, Lue owns a 128-83 record.