Over the weekend, the Brooklyn Nets shockingly fired their head coach, Kenny Atkinson. It has been reported that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had no interest in playing for Atkinson and that they felt like he wasn't the right guy to lead them to an NBA championship. Now, the Nets are playing with an interim head coach and this summer, they will be looking to hire someone for the full-time gig.
Early reports suggest Irving wants Ty Lue to be the head coach although it remains to be seen if that comes to fruition. During a recent episode of ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. Smith spoke about the Nets head coach situation and had an interesting suggestion in terms of who should take the lead. Of course, Smith mentioned Lue but he also mentioned Mark Jackson who now works as a color commentator. Perhaps the most shocking suggestion was legendary head coach Gregg Popovich.
Popovich has been coaching the San Antonio Spurs for over 20 years now and has led them to five championships. Smith makes the case that Coach Pop has plenty of proteges in San Antonio and that if the Spurs miss the playoffs, he may want to hand the team off to someone else. In this case, Popovich could be a great candidate for the Brooklyn job.
Of course, Coach Pop is a very unlikely hire and the rest of the First Take crew made sure to mention this. Regardless, Smith definitely opened a can of worms with this one.
Kyrie Irving’s Preferred Head Coach Revealed
New details emerge regarding the Brooklyn Nets' coaching change, including how Kyrie Irving "soured" on Kenny Atkinson and who he wants to be the team's next coach.
The Brooklyn Nets unexpectedly cut ties with head coach Kenny Atkinson over the weekend and almost immediately fans began pointing the blame at point guard Kyrie Irving. In the days after the Nets and Atkinson "mutual parted ways," new details have emerged suggesting that Irving "soured" on Atkinson - meaning, yes, he certainly played a role in the decision to move on.
As it stands, assistant coach Jacque Vaughn will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season, but the team is expected to hire a more permanent option this off-season. Which begs the question: Who does Kyrie Irving want to be Brooklyn's next head coach?
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According to Yahoo Sports' Vincent Goodwill, Irving is hoping that his former coach Ty Lue will take the job.
Irving soured on Atkinson early, league sources told Yahoo Sports, and currently prefers Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue to be the team's next head coach. Lue was the head coach in Cleveland when Irving hit the winning shot in the 2016 NBA Finals and was in talks to take the Lakers job before discussions broke down.
Goodwill also notes that sources claim Atkinson "wasn’t fond of coaching Durant and Irving based on what he saw this season." The Nets (29-34) are currently slotted in the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, just a half game up on the eighth seed Orlando Magic. Up next for the team is a four-game West Coast trip including matchups against the Lakers, Warriors, Clippers and Kings.
Ty Lue Jokingly Disses LeBron’s Agent Rich Paul By Ignoring His Dap: Watch
We wonder what they were really saying to one another.
Rich Paul is by far the most powerful agent in the entire NBA and his company Klutch Sports represents a whole slew of big-name players in the league. Paul rose to prominence thanks to his relationship with LeBron James who he has been representing for quite some time now. As you can imagine, Paul was on tap for the Los Angeles Lakers season opener against the LA Clippers.
Before the game, Paul was caught on camera speaking to Paul George and dapping him up. That’s when all of a sudden, Clippers assistant coach Ty Lue came into the frame and broke up whatever discussion they were having. From there, Paul tried to dap up Lue but he was left hanging as they seemingly exchanged words. Don’t worry, though, the whole thing looked pretty jol and there doesn’t seem to be any real bad blood.
If you’re unfamiliar with their relationship, Lue was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers back when LeBron was a member of the team. Of course, Paul was LeBron’s agent at that time so they have had plenty of conversations over the years.
It’s unfortunate we don’t have footage of a closer view of the exchange as it would have said more about the nature of what was said.
Lakers To Interview Frank Vogel After Ty Lue Contract Disaster
Vogel used to be the head coach of the Magic and the Pacers.
After an abysmal season where the Los Angeles Lakers finished with a record of 37-45, the team fired head coach Luke Walton and have since begun a search for their next bench boss. While there have been a plethora of candidates, no one has been hired despite early reports that Tyronn Lue would get the job. Instead, the Lakers reportedly "insulted" the NBA Title-winning head coach by offering him a three-year deal which would correspond to the amount of time left on LeBron James' deal.
Now that Lue is out of the mix, the Lakers have to go back to the drawing board and it seems like their next target is Frank Vogel. According to The Los Angeles Times, Vogel will be meeting with the team today to discuss the possibility of becoming the team's next head coach.
Vogel already has quite a bit of head coaching experience behind him. In 2011, he became the interim head coach of the Indiana Pacers and over six seasons, led them to a record of 250-181. After being fired in 2016, Vogel moved onto the Orlando Magic where he only lasted two seasons with a record of 54-110.
Stay tuned for further details on the Lakers head coaching search as it is sure to heat up in the coming days.
Lakers Rumors: Advisors “Imploring” Jeanie Buss To Trade LeBron James
“You’ve got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James.”
Could the Los Angeles Lakers really look to trade four-time NBA MVP LeBron James? According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Jeanie Buss’ advisors are “imploring” her to do just that after the team failed to reach a deal with his preferred head coach, Tyronn Lue.
After Lue turned down the Lakers’ insulting offer, Stephen A. described how chaotic things have gotten in LA, which includes rumblings of a possible LeBron trade.
“You’ve got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James,” said Stephen A. Smith. “He does not have a no-trade clause and now you haven’t given him the coach that he wanted.
“And LeBron James has quietly been about the business of trying to get Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Lakers instead of the Los Angeles Clippers. So making a move like this by not bringing in the coach he wants. Not securing the coach that he wants in Los Angeles is his guy. You never know what dominos are going to fall right now. Whether or not it’s going to affect free agents coming to L.A. Whether it’s going to affect LeBron James staying in L.A.
“We don’t know what the hell is going on right now. But I’m telling you, those are the kind of questions and the level of speculation that has been thrown into my ear in the last five minutes.”
Ty Lue Celebrates 42nd Birthday With Lakers-Themed Cake
Ty Lue's family & friends hint at Lakers signing with giant birthday cake.
The Los Angeles Lakers haven't officially named Tyronn Lue as their next head coach, but all signs are pointing in that directions - including Lue's birthday cake.
According to TMZ Sports, Lue was surprised with a Lakers-themed birthday cake at an upscale Las Vegas restaurant over the weekend in celebration of his 42 birthday.
We're told Lue rented out the entire restaurant and celebrated with his closest friends and family -- less than 10 people at the party.
But the biggest moment of the night was the cake -- which sported a giant Lakers logo and a basketball hoop ... along with the message, "Happy Birthday Coach."
Ty laughed when the cake was brought out -- but we're told he never really said anything to dispute the insinuation he's gonna be the next coach of the Lakers.
Ever since the Lakers fired Luke Walton, Lue has been described as the "frontrunner" for the vacant position and the feeling only got stronger once Sixers assistant Monty Williams agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Last Thursday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers are expected to name Ty Lue as their next head coach, but he still has not been presented with an official offer. If the birthday cake presented to Lue by his family and friends is any indication, the decision may have already been made and it's only a matter of time before it's officially announced.
Lakers Expected To Hire Ty Lue As Head Coach: Report
Lue has been one of the names surrounding the Lakers head coaching search.
After a disappointing season that ended with the Los Angeles Lakers missing the playoffs, the team decided to part ways with head coach Luke Walton. There were high expectations placed on the Lakers this season thanks to the addition of LeBron James, although the team wasn't able to deliver. Since Walton has left the team, the Lakers have been working hard to find themselves a new head coach. Names such as Monty Williams, Ty Lue, and Jason Kidd have been thrown around, with LeBron reportedly being the biggest fan of Lue due to their Cleveland connection.
Earlier today, the Suns announced that they had made Williams their head coach and now, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers are expected to offer Lue their head coaching position.
"The expectation is the Lakers will move toward Ty Lue as head coach, but there's been no offer made to him yet, league sources tell ESPN," Woj wrote on Twitter.
Lue and James won an NBA Title together back in 2016 so it only makes sense that the superstar would want him coaching the young squad. Lue also played for the Lakers from 1998-2001, winning 2 NBA titles in the process.
Stay tuned for further updates on the Lakers coaching search.
Lakers Rumors: LeBron James Prefers Ty Lue Over Monty Williams
LeBron looking to reunite with his former coach.
The Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job appears as though it will come down to two candidates: Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams. Both players have had multiple meetings with the Lakers, and while LeBron James has reportedly "stayed out" of the coaching search, he has a clear preference according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
During an appearance on NBA Countdown on Thursday night, Woj noted: LeBron's "preference is with Ty Lue."
The New York Times' Marc Stein has also insisted that signing Ty Lue would be the "obvious move" for the Lakers given his relationship with LeBron, who is still under contract for a couple more years. Back in March, Yahoo Sports' NBA Insider Chris Haynes noted that LeBron's former coach is "an obvious candidate" to replace Walton.
On the topic of the Lakers' candidates, Haynes told FS1's Colin Cowherd, "Well, obviously Tyronn Lue. I mean, LeBron James, the day Lue got fired LeBron James put a tweet out supporting him. ‘You know how to contact me if you need me.'”
Tyronn Lue Left "Lasting Impression" On Lakers After 2nd Interview
Tyronn Lue is positioning himself for a reunion with LeBron James & his former employers, “the Purple & Gold.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Tyronn Lue came out swinging in his interview for the Lakers’ head coaching position. It’s been belabored to death, Ty Lue is likely LeBron James, so unless he really fugged his interview, the job was always going to be his to lose. If the LA Times is to be believed, Lue left a “lasting impression” on the Lakers’ brass in the second round of interviews on Wednesday.
At this critical point of the recruitment process, only Monty Williams stands in the way of Lue rejoining the franchise he played for the franchise in the early 2000s, during the fertile Kobe-Shaq era.
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Monty Williams currently works as an assistant on Brett Brown’s 76er’s coaching staff. Jason Kidd also interviewed for the head coaching role but seems to be a distant third, if not completely out of the running for the job, at this point in time. Neither one of Williams or Lue were outright” offered the job and neither was given a timetable on when the Lakers will make their decision,” according to the Los Angeles Times. That means, the Los Angeles Lakers want to bide their time, before rushing a decision. The comparison computes like this: Monty Williams may have a greater coaching pedigree in the NBA, but Lue’s intangibles more than make up for the gap in relative skill/experience.
Sacramento Kings Officially Offer Luke Walton Head Coaching Job
Luke Walton's reputation appears to be completely unaffected by the Lakers' dismal 2018-2019 season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, and who better, the Sacramento Kings have officially offered Luke Walton their vacant head coaching position. Woj is seldom wrong about these things, so when he says, "there’s confidence on both sides that a deal can be reached quickly" you'd be unwise to holdout for a second opinion on the Kings' coaching options.
As you know, Luke Walton endured a trying season in 2018-2019 with the domineering presence of LeBron James always too close for comfort. In fact, it could be argued that Walton was never going to be a longterm seeing as he wasn't LeBron's "guy bro" for the job. And secondly, it's safe to assume Pelinka and Magic Johnson had some reservations about his cultural fit, even though they stated otherwise at the beginning of the season.
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At this point, Walton would be stupid not to invest his future on a "coachable" roster full of players with plenty of upside: Fox, Bagley, and Giles are names that come to mind almost immediately. The Lakers, on the other hand, are believed to be eyeing Tyronn Lue as his replacement, which in turn, would all but solidify LeBron's grip on the steering wheel moving forward. Lue is, after all, one of LeBron's "guy bros," is he not?
Walton and Vlade Divac will be meeting sometime this weekend to iron out the details. In the meantime, why not relive this narrated highlight reel of Luke Walton reliving his exploits in Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals. As history would have it, Walton's corner threes and spirited encouragement from the bench weren't enough to prevent the Celtics Big 3 from winning their lone NBA Championship.