Gentry and Lue To Get Second Interviews For Cavs
As the lengthy Cavaliers coaching search continues, fans may be getting a clue as to who will take over the reigns on the wine and gold sidelines.
The Cavs have interviewed and reportedly been interested in the likes of Tom Izzo, John Calipari, George Karl, Adrian Griffin, and others. The notables have been of high interest of course, but it seems nobody has bitten on wanting the job.
Even Calipari, who reportedly turned down a deal that would’ve given him not only around $8 million per year, but made him the team president, head coach, and given him some GM duties, didn’t want the job.
But, the Cavs have gotten interest from two specific hopefuls, Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue. Both candidates have been invited back for second interviews by Dan Gilbert this week.
Gentry has the former coaching experience and has been around the game for quite some time. Lue is the former player who has had assistant coaching experience.
According to NBA.com Gentry compiled a 112-83 (.574) record with the Suns, giving him the sixth-highest win percentage among coaches in franchise history. Gentry has been around the game throughout college and the pros for over 30 years. He’s a proven winner with an offensive mind, and players love him.
Lue is a former player himself. Somewhat of a journeyman, Lue is mostly known from his days with the 2000’s Lakers championship teams. He’s also famous for Allen Iverson’s infamous step-back jumper, and the “step-over.”
Lue could really turn into something special in the league as a coach, he just needs his opportunity. He would be a nice fit to grow with the young core that the Cavs have, and it’s definitely a plus that he is a former player.
It all depends on what the Cavs want in a coach, an experienced veteran with a winning record, or a young and possibly up-and-coming coach with a bright future. Regardless, we should know within a week or so who the new head coach will be in Cleveland.