Report: Lakers considering Tyronn Lue as next coach

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The Lakers reportedly aren’t interested in hiring Jason Kidd.

Whom are they interested in succeeding Luke Walton, who’s expected to get fired after the season?

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN:

They believe that Ty Lue warrants strong consideration.

Lue was highly successful coaching the Cavaliers, winning 61% of his regular-season games and 67% of his playoff games. Of course, winning comes easier with LeBron James.

But many complications follow LeBron, too. He draws massive amounts of attention, increases pressure and sometimes acts passive-aggressively. Lue is used to all of it.

After Cleveland fired Lue earlier this season, LeBron vouched for him:

I’d prefer Lue to Mark Jackson, the other person commonly linked to the Lakers job. Lue has shown far more offensive imagination, though Lue’s ability to implement a sound defense is questionable. Jackson has done that. But not with LeBron, who has coasted defensively for years. Lue has shown a good sense of when and when not to push LeBron, not an easy line to walk.

The Lakers shouldn’t hire a coach for just LeBron, and they should consider candidates not already linked to him or the organization. But he is the most important person in the franchise. He should have a say in the coach (which partially explains why Walton seems finished).

One person likely rooting for Lue to get the Lakers job: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who’s still paying Lue.