As the Cavaliers’ front office continues to advance throughout their search for a new head coach, two candidates have been brought back for second interviews, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnaworski. Clippers’ assistant coaches Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry will interview with the teams’ owner Dan Gilbert within the next few days.
Lue, who just concluded his first season on the Clippers’ coaching staff, got his start on the sidelines in 2009 with the Boston Celtics as the director of basketball development. Prior to being on the Celtics’ staff, Lue played 11 seasons in the NBA with seven different teams. He won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Although Lue has no head coaching experience of his own, being on the staff of Doc Rivers, who is one of the most highly regarded coaches throughout the league, while in Boston and Los Angeles, is promising.
Gentry will carry an abundance of previous coaching experience with him to his interview. His coaching career began in 1980 as an assistant at Baylor University. In 1989, he was brought onto the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs. This would be his first coaching gig in the NBA. His head coaching experience began in 1994, when he was the interim head coach for the Miami Heat. Since then, he has been the head coach for the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns. Gentry mutually parted ways with Phoenix in January of 2013 after four years of leading the Suns. He spent the past year as Doc River’s lead assistant in LA.
The head coaching position in Cleveland has been vacant since firing Mike Brown, for a second time, on May 12. It is been rumored that the organization still has interest in the University of Florida’s Billy Donavon, even though it is unlikely he will leave the school and Maccabi Tel Aviv’s David Blatt, of the Israeli Super League.