Lue, Walton to Discuss how to Best Coach LeBron James
Coaching LeBron James is a task perhaps unlike any other in the NBA.
This is why Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton will meet with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue on Monday, to discuss coaching the superstar.
Lakers associate head coach Brian Shaw, a former teammate of Lue in Los Angeles, will join them.
In an interview with ESPN, Lue revealed that he plans to reassure the Lakers staff that past negative preconceptions of LeBron are unfounded.
“I just want to let him know, the s— that people say and you read, Bron’s not like that,” Lue said. “Like, they make it seem like he’s hard on the coach, he’s hard on [the organization]. He’s nothing like that. That’s the most important thing I want to convey with him: that he’s not like that.
“My biggest thing is the zoo comes from just the outside media. It’s really not coming from within because everybody he deals with — Maverick [Carter], Randy [Mims], all those guys — are professional. So it won’t be no problem from any of those guys, and Bron carries himself the right way. So the biggest part is just having to deal with the media scrutiny. But he’s not like that. I don’t want people thinking Bron’s an a–h— or Bron’s this and that because he’s not.”
“I’ll just tell them LeBron’s easy,” Lue also 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 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.”
The Cavs leader believes that the Lakers will find success with their new face.
“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.”