Cavs' Lue to discuss coaching LeBron with Lakers' Walton
Few people have had the full LeBron James experience: the thrill of victory mixed with the eternal pressure to succeed. Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton would be wise to use every resource available to prepare for life under King James.
As it turns out, Cleveland Cavaliers bench and former Laker Tyronn Lue intends to meet for dinner with some of the Lakers' coaching staff in Las Vegas to talk about what it's like to coach the league's best player.
"I'll just tell them, LeBron's easy," said Lue, according to the Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli. "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 puts 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."
For Lue's part, he recognizes just how hard it'll be when the Cavaliers begin their post-James existence next season.
"Everybody he's touched is made better," he added. "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."
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