Since the departure of Luke Walton, the Lakers have reached out to three candidates in the search for his replacement: Monty Williams, Juwan Howard, and Tyronn Lue. In regards to the latter, the team is feeling uneasy with the implications of his potential hire.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, some within the Lakers organization is hesitant to hire Tyronn Lue because they fear it would give LeBron James too much power in the locker room.
What that means so far is interviews for their coaching vacancy in the coming days with Monty Williams of the 76ers; Tyronn Lue, the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach; and the Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard — with a buzz circulating in coaching circles that Williams has a stronger-than-expected shot at the job because some in the Lakers’ organization may fear hiring Lue would be giving LeBron too much control.
The former Cavs head coach lead the team to four straight NBA Finals and a Championship in 2016. True, he had LeBron, Kyrie, and Kevin Love, but even without Kyrie and a rather thin roster, he was able to beat the other teams in the East during LeBron’s final season with the franchise.
There was also a lot of speculation that LeBron was leading the show during Lue’s tenure. The Lakers do not want James to have that kind of control again.
Thus, their head coaching search will likely gravitate towards someone who is not afraid to stand up to LeBron.