NBA Rumors: According to a report, Kyrie Irving wants the Brooklyn Nets to hire Tyronn Lue as the new head coach
It was only a matter of time.
When it was announced that the Brooklyn Nets were moving in a different direction and had elected to part ways – in-season – with head coach Kenny Atkinson, it never made a ton of sense. At least not to the non-insider peeps.
However, not even 24 hours later, there were many whispers that this move was happening sooner rather than later. The Nets’ front office just decided not to push back the inevitable. So they decided to make the decision before the playoffs.
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Nevertheless, whether the decision would’ve happened a couple of months from now or even last week, the curiosity of the move remains the same. Kenny Atkinson is viewed as one of the better coaches in the NBA, and the fact that the Nets elected to move on from him will never make a ton of sense.
Though, now that it is official it’s all about finding out why. According to a couple of reports, it sounds like Kyrie could be at the center of it all. Apparently, Kyrie soured on Atkinson early in the season and their relationship never seemed to recover.
According to another report, Kyrie wants Tyronn Lue to be the Nets’ next head coach. Kyrie has a history with Lue, as he was the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ head coach when they beat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Irving soured on Atkinson early, league sources told Yahoo Sports, and currently prefers Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue to be the team’s next head coach. Lue was the head coach in Cleveland when Irving hit the winning shot in the 2016 NBA Finals and was in talks to take the Lakers job before discussions broke down.
There’s no question that the coaching search is going to be interesting. Will the Nets take a look at Lue? You’d have to think so if that’s something Kyrie Irving – and perhaps Kevin Durant – would want.
Another name that is almost destined to be involved in the coaching search is Mark Jackson, whose name seems to always come up when an NBA job opens. Buckle up, we’re in for what could potentially be an eventful offseason.