Cavs coach Ty Lue has some advice on coaching LeBron James for Lakers coach Luke Walton

Cavs coach Ty Lue has some advice on coaching LeBron James for Lakers coach Luke Walton

The NBA is a highly competitive league, and there are true rivalries between teams and players. But it is also a brotherhood, a fraternity where for the most part everyone wants to see each other succeed. That seems especially true among the coaches, so this latest bit of news should come as little surprise. 

According to a report from Tania Ganguli, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue will meet with Lakers coach Luke Walton in order to give him some advice and guidance about coaching LeBron James. “The King,” of course, recently decided to take his talents to Southern California and play for Walton and the Lakers. Via the Los Angeles Times:

For the last 2 1/2 seasons, Lue has coached LeBron James. Now that James has agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers, it’s Walton’s turn. Their chat between games was just the beginning. Lue said he plans to meet with Walton and Lakers associate head coach Brian Shaw — who was Lue’s Lakers teammate for two seasons — in Las Vegas this week to discuss over dinner their new coaching challenge.

“I’ll just tell them LeBron’s easy,” Lue said. “People get this whole thing built up like he’s hard to coach. It’s not. LeBron’s not the problem. It’s the outside tension that’s the problem. Just put added pressure immediately on the coaches, on his teammates. Now everything you do is under a microscope. … So it’s going to be a totally different change for the Lakers. They’ll be able to handle it.

“LeBron is easy to play with, very unselfish. LeBron can bring guys along, make sure they’re doing the right thing. It’s going to be good. The outside is what you’ve gotta be able to block out.”

Lue has spent the past four seasons coaching James, the past two and a half as head coach. They won a title together, and went through all the ups and downs that came with the Cavs in the past few years. So who better for Walton to converse with about his upcoming challenge?

It’s pretty cool of Lue to take some time out of his summer break to help out a fellow coach when he’s under no obligation to do so. Hopefully Walton will be able to pick up a few things that will make his life easier this upcoming season. 

NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Wants To Join Lakers, Play With LeBron James

NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Wants To Join Lakers, Play With LeBron James

Another day, another report of an NBA star who wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and forward Carmelo Anthony are working on a way to facilitate the 34-year-old’s exit from the franchise, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young reported Friday. And regardless of the path taken, the most likely result is Anthony becoming a free agent at some point this summer.

And, unsurprisingly, Anthony reportedly has his sights set on L.A. and a team-up with its new star: LeBron James.

Shocking.

Anthony could be a decent fit with Lakers, as his outside shooting — he made a career-high 169 3-pointers last season — would be a great compliment to James’ drive-and-dish philosophy. However, one has to wonder whether Anthony is prepared to play second (or even third) fiddle, as he didn’t take kindly to the role last season.

For what it’s worth: We think he’d be a great addition to the Boston Celtics.

Thumbnail photo via Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY Sports Images

Lue will meet with Walton to discuss James

Lue will meet with Walton to discuss James

Ignoring the added pressure that comes with having LeBron James in your team will be the Lakers’ biggest challenge, according to Tyronn Lue.

LeBron James and Luke Walton have not crossed paths since ‘Decision 3.0’, but Tyronn Lue has no problem bringing the Los Angeles Lakers coach up to speed.

Cavaliers coach Lue plans to meet with Walton and the Lakers’ associate head coach Brian Shaw to discuss coaching the four-time NBA MVP ahead of his first season in Los Angeles.

“I’ll just tell them LeBron’s easy,” Lue told The Los Angeles Times. 

“People get this whole thing built up like he’s hard to coach. It’s not. LeBron’s not the problem. It’s the outside tension that’s the problem. 

“Just put added pressure immediately on the coaches, on his team-mates. Now everything you do is under a microscope… So it’s going to be a totally different change for the Lakers. They’ll be able to handle it.

“LeBron is easy to play with, very unselfish. LeBron can bring guys along, make sure they’re doing the right thing. It’s going to be good. The outside is what you’ve gotta be able to block out.”

Lue spoke to James during his time in free agency before he signed a four-year contract worth $154 million with the Lakers last Sunday, but holds no hard feelings after he chose to leave Cleveland a second time.

“Everybody he’s touched is made better,” Lue said. 

“Family, friends, organizations, the city of Cleveland, his players, his coaches. He made everybody’s life easier, everybody’s better. It’s tough to lose that type of piece. It was hard to swallow.”

Lue, 41, has coached James the past two-and-a-half seasons in Cleveland, with the pair winning the Cavs’ lone championship in 2016 after overcoming a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors.

Walton, who will be James’ seventh full-time NBA head coach, has been the Lakers’ coach since 2016 after previously serving as an assistant for the Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies. 

The 38-year-old was taken 31 picks after James in the 2003 NBA Draft.

LiAngelo Ball, I'm Going To Be A Laker!

LiAngelo Ball, I'm Going To Be A Laker!

LiAngelo Ball I’m Going To Be A Laker!

EXCLUSIVE

LiAngelo Ball says he’s going to be a Los Angeles Laker!

… Eventually.

We got Lonzo‘s little bro at LAX on Wednesday … and we just had to ask about his dad’s prediction that Gelo will join up with Zo in the purple and gold.

“Yeah, I will,” Gelo says. “Probably later. I think I will.”

Just one problem … Gelo says nobody from the NBA has called about putting him on their roster — so sounds like it’ll DEFINITELY be later rather than sooner.

LaVar is still confident he’ll get to the pros — and guaranteed at least TWO titles once the Lakers sign Gelo. 

As for Lonzo … we spoke to him about LeBron joining the Lake Show — and let’s just say LaVar currently seems more thrilled about the move.

LeBron James sold nemesis on Lakers with these three words

LeBron James sold nemesis on Lakers with these three words

LeBron James wasn’t just OK with the Lakers signing Lance Stephenson. He even called his longtime antagonist to get him to Los Angeles, according to Pacers president Kevin Pritchard.

“I think when LeBron calls you up and says, ‘I want you,’ it’s hard for him to turn that down,” Pritchard said at a Friday press conference.

Stephenson, the mercurial Brooklyn native who has clashed with James over the years, signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with the Lakers. The Pacers declined their player option for Stephenson, but still had interest bringing him back.

“There was an opportunity for him to come back,” Pritchard said.

Lance Stephenson ties up LeBron James.AP

After rejoining the Pacers last season following stints with the Clippers, Grizzles, Timberwolves and Pelicans, the 6-foot-6 wing enjoyed a strong year this past season. He averaged 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds to help the Pacers to a 48-34 record and a first-round playoff ouster in seven games at the hands of James and Cavaliers.

The 27-year-old Stephenson has been a nuisance to James, repeatedly getting under his skin. It began in the 2012 postseason when Stephenson made a choking gesture directed at James following a missed free throw. It has included ear-blowing, trash talk, flopping (mostly by Stephenson) and after-the-whistle antics.

James called him “dirty” this year after being given a technical foul for pushing Stephenson. James was given a technical foul in the two teams’ opening-round series for shoving Stephenson.

The Pacers looked favorably on Stephenson’s time with them and everything that came with the eccentric guard.

“At the end of the day, Lance gave us some great years,” Pritchard said. “We love Lance. We love Lance on the court, we love Lance off the court. Sometimes, he was the best player on our team and sometimes he was the best player on the other team.”

But now he will be on the opposing sideline from Indiana, apparently because James made sure of that with a well-timed phone call.

Another report Clippers have overtaken LeBron James’ Lakers as Kawhi Leonard’s preferred destination

Another report Clippers have overtaken LeBron James’ Lakers as Kawhi Leonard’s preferred destination

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports is adamant, with LeBron James joining the Lakers, Kawhi Leonard now prefers to be traded to the Clippers.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said Leonard still prefers to pair with LeBron on the Lakers.

Michael C. Wright of ESPN on Back To Back The Podcast:

The Lakers are not Kawhi’s preferred destination anymore. He wants to go to the Clippers. Because he doesn’t want to go and be second fiddle to Lebron. That’s what I was told, and I was told by somebody that would know.

I talked to people within the Spurs organization, and they’re like, “Well, yeah. He wants to go to the Clippers, but their assets are s— at this point.” That’s what I was told.

It’s incredible how much conflicting information exists on just this one portion of The Kawhigmire, let alone the whole saga.

The Spurs can trade Leonard anywhere, but he can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Teams will offer more if they believe trading for him now would be the best way to secure him long-term.

Perhaps, San Antonio is just trying to gain leverage on the Lakers, who previously had reason to believe they could just wait to sign Leonard next summer rather than trading for him now. Wright said he spoke to people within the Spurs (though it’s unclear whether that’s his initial source on Leonard’s preference). But denigrating the Clippers’ assets immediately undercuts that strategy.

So, who knows Leonard’s top choice and who’s leaking what for what purpose? Not even a couple ESPN reporters can agree on this.