Clippers confirm Lue as their NBA coach

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Tyronn Lue has been elevated from main assistant to head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Camera IconTyronn Lue has been elevated from main assistant to head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Five days after reports emerged that Tyronn Lue was finalising a deal to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, the NBA team confirmed it.

While the Clippers didn't announce the terms of the contract on Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported last week that the sides were hammering out a five-year deal.

Lue most recently was the Clippers' top assistant coach under Doc Rivers, who was fired on September 29 after they squandered a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggers and dropped out in the second round of the playoffs.

Lue, 43, was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won the NBA championship with LeBron James in 2016 and he also led the Cavs to the Finals the next two years before being fired in 2018.

"He is a championship head coach with an extraordinary feel for the game and the people who play it," Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said in a statement.

"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."

Led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Clippers finished second in the Western Conference last season and were expected to be the biggest challengers to James and the Los Angeles Lakers, however they came up well short when it when mattered most.

After their post-season exit, Clippers guard Lou Williams stated that the team had a chemistry issue.

"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 in a statement.

"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."

Lue played point guard for seven NBA teams during an 11-year career and was part of the Lakers' title wins in 2000 and 2001.

Rivers was hired to be the Philadelphia 76ers' head coach days after being fired by the Clippers.

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