Ty Lue Named As New Coach Of LA Clippers
The LA Clippers have found their replacement for former head coach Doc Rivers, and they didn’t have to look far to find him.
Earlier this week, the Clippers announced that they have reached a five-year agreement with Ty Lue to become the next head coach in Los Angeles.
The deal was officially completed on Thursday afternoon, keeping Lue in the Clippers franchise. Lue spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach to Rivers and is familiar with the roster and with the organization. Rivers has moved on from the Clippers to take over as head coach with the 76ers.
Rivers was let go after the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals to the Denver Nuggets. The longtime head coach has since joined the Philadelphia 76ers, replacing Brett Brown.
The Clippers went 49-23 during the regular season, which was the fourth-best record in franchise history. Los Angeles was considered a favorite to win the NBA championship this season, but it failed to deliver in the playoffs.
Part of the reason Lue was chosen to lead the Clippers for the next five years is because of the support that he received from some of the current members of the team. Lue also has plenty of playoff pedigree and championship success, which is what the Clippers are looking for in a leader.
Former Detroit Pistons star Chauncey Billups is expected to join the coaching staff in Los Angeles as he begins to work his way up the coaching ranks. The Indiana Pacers are expected to interview Billups, but he is not considered a favorite to land that job.
When coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lue led the team to three straight NBA Finals, winning the championship in 2016. Lue guided the Cavs to a 128-83 record during his tenure, and his teams went 41-20 in the playoffs.
Lue was considered to be a favorite to land several different coaching openings this fall, but the Clippers made sure that he would stay with the organization.
Morey Steps Down in Houston
In other NBA news, Daryl Morey announced that he was stepping down as general manager of the Houston Rockets. His resignation ends a 13-year run as GM in Houston, and the Rockets were extremely successful during his tenure.
Currently, the Rockets are looking for a new head coach after letting go of Mike D’Antoni at the end of the 2020 season. Morey will continue his role as GM until Nov. 1 and will continue to assist in the coaching search.
Rafael Stone will be promoted to general manager to replace the exiting Morey, and he will become the 10th current Black general manager in the league today. Stone has been working for the Rockets as the executive vice president of basketball operations.
Eli Witus has been promoted to assistant general manager, and the Rockets are hoping to keep the continuity that the franchise currently enjoys. Owner Tilman Fertitta did not ask Morey to step down from his position but did announce that he was warned that this could occur.
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