ESPN reported Tuesday morning that Tyrone Law is gaining “significant momentum” for the vacant Houston Rockets coach position. Lue interviewed the Houston Rockets and is still seen as a candidate to replace Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers. Lowe held a meeting with ownership and management groups at the Rockets on Monday, which put him top of the list.
Lue was an assistant to the Clippers before the team was knocked out in the second round of the 2020 Qualifiers. Los Angeles split with Rivers and left a clear path for Lue to take over. He is one of the few coaches available to have won a championship, in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. His last coaching party was in Cleveland, although he was also being seen as a Philadelphia 76ers job before Rivers took it a few weeks earlier.
Never thinking about the type of Xs and Os coach, Lue built a good relationship with players after being a NBA player himself from 1998-2009, playing for seven teams in the process. He has been in the league a lot and has absorbed knowledge from countless coaches and players. Lue knows what it’s like to manage multiple All-Star characters since his time with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. This obviously likes the Rockets, who have James Harden and Russell Westbrook.