Tyronn Lue keeps the Clippers clicking

The Los Angeles Clippers have one of the most talented rosters in all of basketball. Four future Hall of Famers combined with excellent role players and depth make Los Angeles a super team. That being said, we have seen time and time again in the NBA that these teams often fail.

When the Clippers beat the Suns 138-111, it was a reminder of how hard it is to make a roster full of stars work. Phoenix is 19-18 and would be a play-in team if the season ended today after being the talk of the NBA this offseason.

Tyronn Lue is rebuilding the Los Angeles Clippers in his image. Photo credit: Los Angeles Clippers

“I think if you want to be a good team, you have to win games in every different way. You have to win pretty games, and you have to win nasty games. It all depends on what kind of team you are playing and how they play, and you got to have a different approach every night,” said Tyronn Lue after the win.

What has made this Clippers team great so far this season is their head coach. Ty Lue has established himself as one of the best leaders in the entire association. Managing egos and minutes on a loaded roster is no easy task.

The Clippers only lost two games in December, earning Lue the honor of Western Conference Coach of the Month. A 23-13 record has them sitting only 2.5 games back of first place.

“(Lue) is watching the film, so what he sees, we take the knowledge from him and try to do it in the game, and it might not have carried over that game or the next game, but you just have to keep going and will yourself to be better,” said Kawhi Leonard.

June 6, 2021-Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue in game mode. Photo credit: Mark Hammond/News4usonline

This year has not been perfect for Los Angeles. They struggled for a short stretch in November after trading for James Harden, dropping six games in a row after acquiring the veteran guard. Lue preached patience, insisting that integrating a player of Harden’s caliber takes time. After the losing streak, they have gone on to win 20 of their next 26 games.

Harden and Russell Westbrook, whom the Lakers cast away, had been labeled players who did not fit well into a system in the later stages of their All-Star careers. Now, on the Clippers, they have found their role and are flourishing. Lue has integrated these pieces to perfection, proving he is a star in his own right.

People often overlook that Ty Lue is a championship coach, winning the 2016 NBA Finals with Cleveland. Anytime LeBron James gets a title, the head coach is often an afterthought and is written off as in the right place at the right time. Lue has never won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, but he could be well on his way to claiming that title this year, although another NBA title is most certainly what he is after.

Top Photo Caption: June 30, 2021-Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue barking out instructions in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Photo credit: Mark Hammond/News4usonline

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