Lue to pass LeBron torch to Walton over meal
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LAS VEGAS — Tyronn Lue’s cellphone buzzed for hours last Sunday evening, after LeBron James announced that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join his third NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Cavs coach had just wrapped up a family reunion in Vegas, saying goodbye to more than 30 relatives he flew in by cashing in years’ worth of credit card points, and found out that another person close to him, James, would be leaving him as well.
Among the names that popped up on Lue’s caller I.D. was Luke Walton, the Lakers’ head coach.
Lue and Walton, former Lakers players though never teammates, share a common bond through Brian Shaw, Walton’s associate head coach and Lue’s teammate on the 2000 and 2001 L.A. championship teams. Lue and Shaw remain close friends.
Cavs GM Koby Altman spoke candidly about LeBron James’ decision to join the Lakers, saying there was “a level of hurt” at first but that he also felt “extremely thankful” for what James accomplished in Cleveland.
With the Lakers in win-now mode thanks to the addition of LeBron James, Rajon Rondo says he is “not so much caught