Ty Lue, Lakers fail to reach coaching deal; Kurt Rambis key figure in search, per reports


SportsPulse: While the games end well past midnight on the East Coast, USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers believes Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers may be the best series going right now.

In a somewhat stunning twist in the NBA coaching carousel, Tyronn Lue may not be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, per multiple reports.

Lue, who won a championship with LeBron James as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and made two other NBA Finals appearances with the Cavs in 2017 and 2018, had “moved to the forefront” of the Lakers’ coaching search following the Phoenix Suns’ hiring of Monty Williams.   

But Lue might not be the guy in Los Angeles anymore, apparently, with the news Wednesday that he and the team could not reach a deal. And with that news, came further reports that a familiar name appears to have an increased say within the Lakers.  

ESPN reported that former Lakers forward Kurt Rambis, who has served as a head coach but has mostly been an assistant coach for Phil Jackson, has emerged as an influential figure in the coaching search. Rambis was brought on board before the start of the 2018-19 season as a senior basketball advisor.


Read Story