Who is Tyronn Lue?
Tyronn Lue or Ty Lue is an American basketball coach and a former professional player. He has been part of the NBA circuit for 11 seasons and played for 7 different teams in 554 career games. Lue showed promise as a basketball player from a very young age. Apart from raw talent, he was also a very dedicated player practising more than most kids of his age. He also displayed natural leadership qualities which made for excellent coaching material in his later life. Tyronn Lue was one of the star players of his University team of ‘Nebraska Cornhuskers’. Following his junior season at the University, he declared himself for the NBA draft. Lue’s career as an NBA player lasted for over a decade and he was part of two NBA winning teams. After he retired as a player, Lue took up coaching. In a very short span, he proved his coaching mettle and was made the head coach. Though there have been criticisms of his coaching style and it has been said that he is indisciplined and unprepared when it comes to coaching, his efforts seem to have borne fruit. Under his coaching, the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ team won their first NBA championship. Tyronn Lue is currently the assistant coach of the ‘Los Angeles Clippers’.
Childhood & Early Life
Tyronn Lue was born in Mexico, Missouri on May 3, 1977, to Ron Lue and Kim Miller. He is of Afro-American and Mexican ethnicity. He has a brother Gregory Miller and a sister Shakea Lue. His mother was a single parent.
Lue attended Raytown Senior High School in Raytown, Missouri. He lived in Raytown with his uncle Kevin Graves and his wife Sandra. He was a hard-working basketball player during his school days and made it to the ‘All-Metro’ team.
Mark Scanlon, Lue’s high school coach recalls that Lue was the first to arrive at the gym and the last to leave. He was also a natural leader and would bring out the best in others. He graduated from school in 1995.
He joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he studied sociology and played basketball as a ‘Nebraska Cornhusker’. At the end of his University days, he had the achievement of finishing with most games with 30 or more points. He was also made a member of the ‘All-Big 12 Team’
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Career As A NBA Player
Tyronn Lue started playing professional basketball in 1998. He was initially selected by the ‘Denver Nuggets’ but was traded off to the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’.
Lue did not have a good run till 2000. He suffered frequent injuries and had limited playing time. By 2001 he picked up pace again and he was used to guard Allen Iverson the star point guard of the ‘Philadelphia 76ers’. The Lakers team won two NBA championships in 2000 and 2001.
From 2001 to 2003, Lue played for the ‘Washington Wizards’. This was a time where he was able to get more playing time and improved his skills as a point guard.
From 2003 to 2004, he played for the ‘Orlando Magic’. Though Lue got considerably more playing time while with this team, the team was at its worst during that NBA season.
In 2004, Tyronn Lue along with a few other fellow players were traded off to ‘Houston Rockets’. In the Rockets team, Lue had to compete for time with other point guards and thus had much less playing time. He ended off being traded mid-season to the ‘Atlanta Hawks’.
Tyronn Lue had an exceptional season with the ‘Atlanta Hawks’. However, the team itself performed miserably and had its worst season and the worst record in franchise history.
In 2008, Lue was acquired by ‘Sacramento Kings’ but was soon waived. He then signed up with ‘Dallas Mavericks’, and then the same year he moved to ‘Milwaukee Bucks’.
In 2009, Tyronn Lue was signed up again by his former team ‘Orlando Magic’. His team went up to the finals but lost to ‘Los Angeles Lakers’. Lue retired as a professional basketball player the same year.
Career As A Coach
Following his retirement, Tyronn Lue was named the Director of Basketball Development for the ‘Boston Celtics’ team on October 23, 2009. He was assistant coach of the Celtics team from 2011 to 2013.
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After spending three seasons with the Celtics, he joined the ‘Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching staff as an assistant coach in July 2013.
He became associate head coach of the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ on June 23, 2014. With this assignment, he became the highest-paid NBA assistant coach. In 2016 he became head coach after coach David Blatt was fired mid-season.
Under the coaching of Tyronn Lue the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ won their first NBA Championship on June 19, 2016. He became the 14th person in NBA history to win a championship both as a player and a coach.
Tyronn Lue went on to coach the Cavaliers to three consecutive NBA finals till 2018. However, during the 2018 season, he missed nine games due to recurrent chest pains and anxiety issues. On October 28, 2018, the Cavaliers let go off Lue mid-season after their dismal season start of 0-6.
Following his firing, Lue worked with his long-time mentor, head coach Doc Rivers, in an advisory capacity for the ‘Los Angeles Clippers’. The time away from formal coaching commitments helped him regain his health. In August 2019 it was announced that Tyronn Lue would formally be made assistant coach of the Clippers.
Awards & Achievements
Tyronn Lue has received numerous accolades throughout his career as a player and coach. As a player, he made the ‘First-team All-Big 12’ in 1998 and won two NBA championships in 2000 and 2001.
In 2016, Tyronn Lue was named the Best Coach at the ESPY Awards and his team ‘Cleveland Cavaliers’ was adjudged the Best Team.
Among other recognitions his hometown Mexico honoured him by naming a street in his name as ‘Tyronn Lue Boulevard’. The ‘Nebraska Cornhuskers’ retired his jersey no.10 in his honour.
Family & Personal Life
Tyronn Lue is not married and is not known to have a partner. He does not choose to talk much about his personal life.