You just can’t make this stuff up in the NBA. Hours after the Brooklyn Nets reportedly hired Steve Nash as their next head coach, the Philadelphia 76ers have also appeared to have found their next bench boss. Tyronn Lue is set to become the head coach of the Sixers, per reports. Yes, the same Tyronn Lue who infamously got stepped over by Sixers great Allen Iverson in the 2001 NBA Finals. So yeah, this has been a fantastic morning! The news was reported as being close by Jon Johnson of Sports Radio WIP.
Yes, Lue is still remembered most for that stepover after AI drained the winning shot in his face. People don’t forget! Lue is currently an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers under Doc Rivers. The Clippers are still in the playoffs, so this deal may not officially get done until after the Clippers are done (which could be after winning the Finals).
Lue’s best stint as a coach was with Cleveland from 2016-18. He was named head coach mid-season after the team fired David Blatt. The Cavaliers would eventually go on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, giving Cleveland its first championship (and first championship for the city in a while). Lue would lose two straight finals appearances with the Cavs in 2017 and 2018 before being let go once LeBron James bolted for the Lakers.
Lue was never praised as being a great regular-season coach, but the Sixers are looking for someone to lead them in the playoffs. Lue has a penchant for adjustments and creating mismatches in the postseason, which could come in handy if the Sixers don’t blow things up (which it would appear is likely if this move happens). The Sixers need someone to get the most out of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons while both players are under contract and in their primes.
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