Former Husker Tyronn Lue seemed set to reunite with LeBron James in Los Angeles.
Lue had conducted multiple interviews with the Lakers since they parted ways with former coach Luke Walton on April 12.
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Lue got his first head coaching job when he replaced David Blatt in Cleveland during the 2015-16 season. The Cavs finished that regular season 57-25 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before going on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the finals.
With Lue as coach, the Cavaliers returned to the NBA Finals in each of the next two seasons, but lost both times to the Warriors.
The Lakers went 37-45 this season and missed the playoffs, though James only played 55 games and was inactive for nine of the final 14 contests.
Lue was a two-time All-Big 12 guard during his career at Nebraska. He helped lead the Huskers to the NIT championship in 1996. In February 2017, Lue had his No. 10 jersey retired by Nebraska.
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Tyronn Lue opts for NU (May 6, 1995): As a senior, Lue led Raytown High to a 27-1 record while averaging 23.5 points, eight assists and six steals a game. Husker coach Danny Nee credited assistant Jimmy Williams for spotting Lue at a prep tournament in California.
Lue compared to a certain NU legend (November 15, 1995): Said Husker coach Danny Nee: "Tyronn has been a pleasant surprise. From the day this young man stepped on the floor, he has shown a maturity, a composure and a talent level that is special. I would relate him a little to Tommie Frazier. As he comes along, this team is going to come along."
Lue breaks freshman scoring mark (November 25, 1995): Lue scored 30 points in a 114-106 overtime win over Oregon in the Big Island Invitation in Hawaii, breaking Erick Strickland's previous record of 28. The Huskers defeated Minnesota the next day to win the tournament. The record still stands.
Huskers win NIT (March 28, 1996): The Huskers defeated St. Joseph's, 60-56, to claim the National Invitation Tournament title at Madison Square Garden.
Huskers rally, top Texas A&M (January 11, 1997): Still recovering from a knee sprain, the sophomore guard dropped 29 points, 19 in the second half, on 10-17 from the field and 8-10 from the foul line in Nebraska's come-from-behind 74-72 win at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. After the game, Nee called Lue "the heart and soul of the team."
Huskers almost drop unbeaten No. 1 Kansas (February 1, 1997): Nebraska, 19-point underdogs in Lawrence, fell 82-77 in overtime to the 21-0 and unanimous No. 1 Jayhawks. Lue outplayed All-American Jacque Vaughn, scoring 26 points, but his 25-footer at the end of regulation was blocked. KU finished that season 34-2 behind future pros Vaughn, Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz and Scot Pollard.
Lue nets career-high in rout of Western Illinois (November 19, 1997): Lue scored 34 points in 32 minutes in Nebraska's 86-57 win at Devaney. That's eight points shy of Eric Piatkowski's school record of 42 set against Oklahoma in the 1994 Big Eight tournament.
Lue named to AP All-Big 12 team (March 2, 1998): Lue, a second-team all-conference selection his sophomore season, joined Eric Piatkowski as the only first-team selections of Danny Nee's NU tenure.
Huskers bounced in first round of NCAA tourney (March 12, 1998): The Huskers squandered a double-digit second-half lead to 17th-ranked Arkansas. Lue finished with 18 points and 6 assists in the 74-65 defeat.
Lue declares for NBA draft (March 31, 1998): The 6-foot guard announced he'd forgo his senior season and enter the 1998 NBA draft. He averaged 21.2 points per game as a junior at NU.
Lue drafted by Denver, traded to Lakers (June 24, 1998): The Nuggets drafted Lue No. 23 overall, two spots after Iowa's Ricky Davis, but then traded his rights along with Tony Battie for All-Star Nick Van Exel.
The Infamous Iverson Crossover (June 6, 2001): Lue saw heavy minutes in the 2001 NBA Finals opposite Allen Iverson. In overtime of Game 1, Iverson got the better of the ex-Husker, scoring seven points to give L.A. their only loss of the postseason.
Lue agrees to contract with Wizards (July 12, 2001): After back-to-back titles with Kobe and Shaq, Lue agreed to terms with Washington, where he played with another former Phil Jackson student, Michael Jordan. Here, he drives past former NU teammate and Bellevue West grad Erick Strickland.
Lue traded to Rockets (June 29, 2004): Lue spent two seasons in Washington and 2003-04 in Orlando, where he started 69 games and averaged a then-career-best 10.5 points per game. He was traded to Houston along with Tracy McGrady for Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley.
Lue shipped to Atlanta (December 23, 2004): Lue played only 21 games for Houston; he was traded to Atlanta for Jon Barry. In 189 games with the Hawks, Lue averaged 11 points and 3.6 assists.
On final stop, Lue returns to NBA Finals (May 30, 2009): After leaving Atlanta in 2008, Lue played for Dallas and Milwaukee before returning to Orlando. The Magic beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the 2009 NBA Finals, where they fell to the Lakers. Lue appeared in only one game for four minutes that postseason.
Lue jumps into coaching, joins Doc's Boston staff (October 23, 2009): After 11 seasons and 554 games as a pro, Lue joined Doc Rivers' staff as the Celtics' director of basketball development. Lue played for Doc in his first stint in Orlando.
Lue inducted into Husker Hall of Fame (February 16, 2013): A crowd of 11,947 turned out for the third-to-last game at the Devaney Center and to see Tyronn Lue’s Hall of Fame induction. Nebraska lost to No. 8 Michigan State, 73-64.
Lue follows Doc to L.A. (July 8, 2013): The Mexico, Missouri, native joined Rivers in L.A. following his trade to the Clippers. Lue spent four seasons in Boston, the last two as an assistant coach.
Lue reportedly interviews for Cavs' coaching job (May 29, 2014): Lue was among the candidates to replace the fired Mike Brown as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lue hired as Cavaliers' associate head coach (June 23, 2014): The Cavaliers opted to hire Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt to replace Mike Brown, but tapped Lue as his No. 2. "I am looking forward to joining Coach Blatt, [General Manager] David Griffin and the entire Cavaliers organization at a very exciting and promising time for the franchise," Lue said in a news release.
Lue becomes Cavs head coach (January 22, 2016): Tyronn Lue replaces the fired David Blatt as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a multi-year deal with the team.
Lue, Cavs rally to defeat Warriors in NBA Finals (June 19, 2016): Lue helped steer the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Finals win over the Golden State Warriors, following a 3-1 series deficit and ending a 52-year championship drought for the city of Cleveland. Earlier in the postseason, Lue broke Pat Riley's record for best start to a playoff coaching career with the Cavs' 10-0 start.
Huskers retire Lue's jersey (Feb. 2, 2017): The former All-Big 12 guard had 20 relatives with him at Pinnacle Bank Arena when his No. 10 went to the rafters to join No. 22 Stuart Lantz, No. 42 Dave Hoppen and No. 52 Eric Piatkowski as honored Huskers. “It’s great having my whole family here,” Lue said. The halftime presentation included video greetings from Cavaliers star LeBron James; fellow jersey retiree Lantz, who is a Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster; and former Husker coach Danny Nee.
Lue leads Cleveland back to NBA Finals (May 25, 2017): The Cavs blitzed through the Eastern Conference en route to a repeat Finals appearance under Lue and their third straight Finals berth. Led by LeBron James, Cleveland compiled a 12-1 record, defeating the Indiana Pacers, the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics. The Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors in five games.
Lue reaches third straight NBA Finals (May 31, 2018): The Cavs reached their fourth straight NBA finals — and Lue's third straight as head coach — by defeating the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the first round, sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and defeating the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland was swept by Golden State in the NBA finals.
Lue fired by Cleveland (Oct. 28, 2018): After starting 0-6 without LeBron James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason, the Cavaliers fired Lue and named assistant Larry Drew interim head coach. “We thank him for the many ways he has contributed to our success, wish him the best and he will always be remembered for leading a very special Cavs team back against the odds to win the title in 2016,” General Manager Koby Altman said in a statement. “This is a different team equation, though, and one that we felt needed a different voice and approach that required this change.”