LeBron James hasn’t been known as the easiest player to coach. In fact, it often seems like when LeBron isn’t fond of the man coaching his team, he pulls strings to get him replaced.
Add in the fact that most outsiders think LeBron runs his teams and being his coach seems like a thankless job at times.
After coaching LeBron for two-plus years, Ty Lue is saying all the right things about working with the 33-year-old megastar. Lue will reportedly have dinner with Lakers coach Luke Walton and associate head coach Brian Shaw to inform them about his experience coaching LeBron.
Lue told the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli that coaching LeBron was “easy.”
“I’ll just tell them LeBron’s easy,” Lue said. “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 will surely go into some more nitty gritty details about working with LeBron when he sits down with Walton and Shaw.
All in all, Lue and James won a title together and got back to the NBA Finals twice. That’s not a bad partnership.