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Sport Clippers coach Tyronn Lue: I think Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are ‘here to stay for a long time’

17:06  26 october  2020
17:06  26 october  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

Report: Tyronn Lue emerging as favorite for Rockets' head coach job

  Report: Tyronn Lue emerging as favorite for Rockets' head coach job The Rockets know they are competing with the Clippers for Lue and could extend an offer before L.A. completes its coaching search.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Lue has “gathered significant momentum” as a candidate for the Rockets job following Monday’s meeting. Lue is also considered one of the top choices for the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom he currently works as an assistant coach.

The Clippers could be on the verge of collapse.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are one season from being able to leave in unrestricted free agency. Their first year in L.A. certainly didn’t go as planned. The Clippers failed spectacularly in the playoffs amid chemistry issues.

New Clippers coach Tyronn Lue, via ESPN:

I think Kawhi and PG are here to stay for a long time. I think, in their situation and where they want to be, it’s here with the Clippers. We just have to make it a great environment, and we have to win.

Maybe Lue, who spent last season as a Clippers assistant and connects well with players, has genuine insight into Leonard’s and George’s plans.

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  Report: Clippers veterans 'bristled' at Kawhi Leonard's load management, preferential treatment The Los Angeles Clippers came into the bubble at Walt Disney World as an immensely talented squad, albeit with strong personalities. According to The Athletic’s Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon, some players on the team “bristled” at what can be viewed as preferential treatment given to star free agent signing Kawhi Leonard. The Clippers signed Leonard, who won a ring with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, and Paul George in free agency last July. Both are California natives and joined a group that had been together for a couple of years already. Leonard and Clippers coaches continued with load management for the star and he played in only 57 games during the season.

Or maybe this is wishful thinking.

Leonard and George chose L.A. just last year. Certainly, not all the reasons for those decisions have suddenly disappeared. The safe bet is on both re-signing.

But it’s far from a given. Neither had the desired experience last season. Repeat that, and you never know.

It’s on Lue to help unite the Clippers’ locker room. The front office also has work to do. Leonard and George should do their parts to lead better. And the rest of the roster should come to terms with the team’s new hierarchy.

For Lue, if everything fails and this prediction turns out to be wrong, at least he has a five-year contract – though the guaranteed money would go only so far. He wants to win championships, not coach a Leonard-less, George-less team devoid of draft picks.

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  Lou Williams fires back at Kawhi Leonard special treatment report Lou Williams had something to say about a report claiming he and his teammates took issue with the team’s treatment of Kawhi Leonard. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lou Williams seems to disagree with a report that indicated Clippers players resented Kawhi's special treatment. A report by The Athletic on Thursday indicated that Clipper veterans such as Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Patrick Beverley “bristled” at preferential treatment Leonard received from the team. On Friday, Williams fired back on social media.

A lot rides on next season in L.A. Lue summarizes the challenge well: “We just have to make it a great environment, and we have to win.”

Easier said than done, though.

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue: I think Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are ‘here to stay for a long time’ originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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