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It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers are in for some significant changes this offseason. Some have already occurred, as former team president Magic Johnson stepped down and former head coach Luke Walton was let go.
This was the aftermath of LeBron James‘ first season with the Purple and Gold.
Of course, the first year of this experiment was always going to be a trying one. It was more about finding out which young pieces worked with James and setting the table for acquisitions in the 2019 offseason.
Some of those additions could well be evaluated by James’ former coach Tyronn Lue, who appears close to filling the coaching vacancy, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne:
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Lakers are proceeding toward an offer to Ty Lue in the coming days, and have no plans to introduce new candidates into the head coaching search process, league sources tell @ramonashelburne and me.
Hiring Lue makes sense, as his working relationship with James was good, and he helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach three consecutive NBA Finals. James is not widely considered an easy player to coach, both because of his profile and because of his personality.
“With Lue, the Lakers are not only giving LeBron a coach, they’re throwing him a bone,” Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times wrote. “Lue is the LeBron Whisperer. He is the opposite of Luke Walton, and not just because LeBron actually likes him. Lue can stand up to The King, stare down The King, even sit