Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue plans to meet with the Los Angeles Head Coach Luke Walton and his assistant, Brian Shaw, to discuss what to expect on coaching LeBron James.
Lue hinted at what the basis of the conversation would be in an interview with Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times:
“I’ll just tell them LeBron’s easy. 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 added that having an intelligent and versatile player that LeBron is made coaching an easy job in Cleveland and the Lakers should expect the same as well.
“He’ll try anything once. If it don’t work, he might be like, you know. But overall it was great. He made my job, made my life easy; turned me into a championship coach.”
“Everybody he’s touched is made better – 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.”
Walton and the coaching staff on the Lakers will have their first assignment of coaching a superstar since the retirement of Kobe Bryant two seasons ago. The young head coach of the Lakers, who was drafted 31 spots after LeBron in the 2003 NBA Draft, will look to his new star for leadership on and off the floor as they prepare for the upcoming season.