LeBron James’ new head coach, Luke Walton, has reached out to his old head coach, Ty Lue, to consult on what it’s like to coach the best player in the NBA. The two former Lakers players are reportedly having breakfast in Las Vegas today.
Lue, who coached LeBron in Cleveland for four years, has opened up to reporters about what it was like to coach the three-time champion. He says it’s not what the media often makes it out to be.
“I just want to let him know, the s— that people say and you read, Bron’s not like that,” Lue told ESPN. “Like, they make it seem like he’s hard on the coach, he’s hard on [the organization]. He’s nothing like that. That’s the most important thing I want to convey with him: that he’s not like that.
“My biggest thing is the zoo comes from just the outside media. It’s really not coming from within because everybody he deals with — Maverick [Carter], Randy [Mims], all those guys — are professional. So it won’t be no problem from any of those guys, and Bron carries himself the right way. So the biggest part is just having to deal with the media scrutiny. But he’s not like that. I don’t want people thinking Bron’s an a–h— or Bron’s this and that because he’s not.”
Lue also spoke to the Los Angeles Times. He spoke further about what it was like to coach LeBron.
The head coach 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.”
So, there you have it, Luke. Coaching LeBron is going to be easy.