Kawhi Leonard was fined $50,000 for calling Tyronn Lue during a game. The Washington Wizards really did take it to the Lakers on Wednesday night when they came back from down 35 points and won 135-111. After the game, Kawhi called his coach and things got heated between them. “I told him in my words,” said Leonard after the win. “So you just going to keep getting down 25 every time, come back and win huh?” He continued with some more not so nice language before eventually hanging up on Lue who had been watching remotely by phone from San Antonio at that point
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For the bulk of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers have been without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. With the components they presently have, they have nevertheless been a decent squad. The Clippers are now 36-37 and in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Tyronn Lue’s coaching has played a major role in their success. He’s regarded for being a dynamic instructor who tries out a variety of techniques. Tyronn Lue once said that he is unconcerned about what others think of his coaching and that he does things because he feels they would help him win the game.
“I’ll try anything because I don’t care,” he says. I don’t care what other people think, what you write, or what you say. “I simply do what I think will work and is correct,” Lue stated, according to Tomer Azarly.
This season, the Los Angeles Clippers have had a number of memorable comebacks, including a dramatic 35-point comeback against the Washington Wizards. There’s no denying that a coach who can motivate his players to put in such a strong effort is exceptional. After the victory, ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk said that club superstar Kawhi Leonard called coach Ty Lue to congratulate him on his achievement.
Tyronn Lue’s telephone began ringing not long after he was drenched with cold water by his teammates after tying the NBA’s second-largest comeback since 1996.
Lue heard a familiar, clear, and drawn voice on the other end of the line.
“So you’re simply going to keep losing 25 and then come back and win?” In his best Kawhi Leonard impersonation, Lue says.
The Clippers have been the joke for most of their existence. But, since last playoffs, they’ve acquired a persistent habit of pulling off incredible comebacks, the most implausible of which was overcoming a 35-point deficit to surprise the Wizards 116-115, following only the Utah Jazz’s 36-point comeback triumph against the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 27, 1996.
Tyronn Lue is undeniably a creative coach with much experience coaching at the top levels. He was the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach in 2016, when LeBron James led the club to a 3-1 victory against the Golden State Warriors. According to Youngmisuk’s story, Lue had a “chance to rejoin” with LeBron James in 2019, but he pulled out of talks because he didn’t believe he was “treated properly,” as the Lakers wanted to offer him a poorer contract than the Cavaliers.
When the Lakers interviewed Lue for the coaching position in 2019, he had the chance to reconnect with James. The Lakers, on the other hand, gave Lue a three-year, $18 million contract, significantly less than the five-year, $35 million agreement he had with the Cavs, and they wanted to dictate Lue’s staff. The Lakers signed Frank Vogel after Lue backed out of discussions.
“The Lakers [see it] as more of a case of [me] simply coming to teach LeBron,” Lue added. “I’m not come to lose; I’m going to win.” I just did not believe I was treated properly. And I wasn’t going to take any job offer simply to acquire one.
“I simply believed I could do better.”
The Los Angeles Clippers have yet to show how far they can go this season. They don’t have a genuine star on the team right now, but they do have excellent role players who are disciplined on defense and play the game the proper way on attack.
Winning championships is mostly dependent on talented players. Many supporters, however, ignore the importance of coaching when it comes to a team’s performance. Tyronn Lue has clearly been instrumental in the Clippers’ success this season, and perhaps he can find out a way to get them out of the play-in round and into the playoffs.