Tyronn Lue on NBA Championship Mission with Clippers
The LA Clippers want a championship, and has said as much with the hiring of Tyronn Lue as it’s new head coach.
The Clippers were touted to reach the NBA Finals at the start of the playoffs. However, a poor postseason campaign put paid to that.
To add insult to injury, their city rivals the Lakers were the eventual champions, their first in ten years.
Their elimination from the playoffs resulted in Doc Rivers departing the Clippers franchise. In Tyronn Lue, President Lawrence Frank and the rest of the organization are satisfied they’ve brought in championship caliber.
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Tyronn Lue took the Cleveland Cavaliers to three consecutive Finals from 2016 – 2018. Under him, the Cavs won the first title in franchise history in 2016.
Lue is the fourth coach since 1980 to win a Championship during his first season as a coach. As well as that, he’s the 14th person to win a title as a coach and as a player. Cleveland’s consecutive Finals made him the third coach in history to compete in three Finals in his first three seasons.
Additionally, Lue has had spells as a Clippers assistant coach in 2013 – 2014 and 2019 – 2020.
“The pieces we need are in place – committed ownership, smart management and elite talent, on and off the court, in the NBA’s best market,” Lue said.
“My familiarity with the organization, particularly Mr. Ballmer and Lawrence, confirmed this is where I want to be. We have work to do to become champions, but we have the motivation, the tools, and the support to get there. I’m excited to get started.”
“Ty has been where we want to go. He is a championship head coach with an extraordinary feel for the game and the people who play it,” Frank said.
“He’s one of the great minds in our league, and he’s able to impart his vision to others, because he connects with everybody he meets.”