Lakers to meet with LeBron James’ former coach Tyronn Lue, report says

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to turn the page from the Luke Walton era.

Rob Pelinka continues to conduct the search for the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Friday's chapter will include the most familiar face in the process.

The Los Angeles Lakers will bring in both Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams for second interviews next week, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Lue coach James and the Cavaliers to three straight NBA Finals, including a championship in 2016.

A familiar face from LeBron James' past is reportedly getting some face-to-face time with the Los Angeles Lakers' brass.

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Lue was sacked just six games into his fourth season with the team after the departure of James to the Lakers.

Lue amassed a 128-83 record with the Cavs and won two previous titles as a reserve with the Lakers in '00 and '01.

It's certainly not surprising to see Lue emerge as one of the first candidates interviewed by the Lakers considering his history with LeBron James. In five seasons with New Orleans, Williams accumulated a 173-221 record, but did win at least 45 games in two of those seasons.

He was also an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers and, later, the Oklahoma City Thunder, which he left as associate head coach in the aftermath of his wife's death and relocated with his children to San Antonio, where his extended family lives.

76ers assistant Monty Williams and Heat assistant Juwan Howard are also being considered for the position, according to Yahoo Sports. His teams reached the play-offs in 2011 and 2015.

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