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Los Angeles Clippers names Tyronn Lue as head coach to succeed Doc Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers names Tyronn Lue as head coach to succeed Doc Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers has named Tyronn Lue as the new head coach to take over from Doc Rivers who left for Philadelphia 76ers.

Tyronn Lue previously coached Cleveland Cavaliers when LeBron James was a player there. Lue also spent last season as an assistant on Rivers’ staff.

The new Clippers coach took the Cavaliers to three consecutive NBA Finals and helped them win their first title in 2016.

Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank says he expects the 43-year-old’s appointment to drive the team on “to new heights”.

Rivers, who has joined the Philadelphia 76ers, left the Clippers in September after they lost a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semi-finals and were knocked out of the play-offs 4-3 by the Denver Nuggets.

Lue also won the NBA twice as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, becomes the franchise’s 26th head coach.

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