The Lakers appear to be making headway in their coaching search. After closing in on a number of candidates, including Monty Williams, and Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue appears to be close to securing the position after reports claim was a “lasting impression” left on both sides after his second interview.
“During Lue’s interview session at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday, a lasting impression was left on both parties involved in the discussions, according to the people familiar with the talks,” writes Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Lue’s connection to the Lakers was reported back on March 26, when speculation about Walton’s firing was reaching an all-time high. His relationship and previous tenure with LeBron James gave him a leg-up over the competition. Though, in a separate claim, the Lakers were cautious about hiring Lue as to avoid giving LeBron too much control.
It seems, in spite of those original cautions, the former Cavs head coach is doing well enough in his interviews to earn serious consideration for the job. As the Lakers move forward in a critical offseason and then look ahead to the 2019-20 campaign, it is clear that this is one decision they can not afford to screw up.
Instability, bad-fits, and drama have suffocated the franchise as of late, and they will need to get this hire right if they want to stop the bleeding.