The Los Angeles Lakers cannot seem to stay out of their own way, as their search for a head coach has reportedly hit yet another dead end. The organization simply could not come to terms with Tyronn Lue, who was understood to be as good as hired before a flurry of news to the contrary Wednesday afternoon. Amid the irreconcilable differences? The Lakers didn't want to let Lue pick his own assistant coaches.
Among the issues that have led to a breakdown in talks between the Lakers and Ty Lue: League sources say that the Lakers have been trying to impose their choices for assistant coaches on Lue. @espn first reported the impasse between the Lakers are Lue— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) May 8, 2019
The Lakers' coaching history over recent years has been atrocious, with five different coaches leading the Purple and Gold since 2011. Now, they're right back where they started after dismissing Luke Walton.
The Lakers absolutely should have allowed Lue -- or anyone else -- to pick his own assistants, as their organizational incompetence and excessive meddling is a main reason for their lack of playoff basketball dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Ty Lue and his representatives have informed the Lakers that he is moving on from trying to be hired as the Lakers' new coach, sources. Lue and his reps thanked the Lakers.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) May 8, 2019
The Lakers need to solidify their head coaching situation well before offseason workouts begin, and their stubbornness when it comes to filling out the staff is simply a self-inflicted wound. Whiffing on Lue, who has a good relationship with LeBron James dating back to their time in Cleveland, is yet another instance of failure from the very top for the Lake Show.