Houston Rockets continue their search for a new head coach, hosting LA Clippers’ assistant Tyron Lue for an interview this week. According to reports, the two sides met on Monday to discuss the vacancy.
Shortly after arriving in Houston, Lue had a chat with the media and said that he’s “happy for the opportunity.”
“It means a lot, just to have an opportunity to come in and interview for a head coaching job here in Houstonת” Lue told reporters. “It’s very exciting. I’m very happy to be here. Having an opportunity to have a chance to coach two MVP players in Russell Westbrook and James Harden, along with Gordon and a lot of other good players. I’m just happy for the opportunity.”
Lue is considered one of the frontrunners for the Rockets’ job, but he is a highly sought-after candidate this offseason. The 43-year-old previously had interviews with New Orleans Pelicans and Clippers and is the favorite for the latter vacancy.
Tyron Lue previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading the franchise to its first NBA championship in the 2015/16 season. Lue was fired by Cleveland early in the 2018/19, exiting the organization with a 211-128 regular-season record and 41-20 playoffs record as a head coach.
Besides Lue, the Rockets are also looking into other candidates and will reportedly interview Jeff Van Gundy and their player development coach John Lucas for the job this week.