New Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue rounds out his squad, with Chauncey Billups and Larry Drew making deals to join him as assistant coaches, according to ESPN. Adrian Wojnarowski.
Athletics and stadium Shams Charania reported on Oct. 15 that Billups, who won a championship as a starting point guard for the Detroit Pistons, would join the staff, while Drew, who took over from Lue after being released by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018-19 , has been rumored. to be added a week later, depending on Marc Stein of New York Times.
Lue was named head coach of the Clippers in October after helping Doc Rivers’ side last season. He previously guided the Cavaliers to a 128-83 record and the 2015-16 NBA title.
Billups, whose playing career ended in 2014, was a finalist to take over as head coach of the Indiana Pacers before settling on Nate Bjorkgren. The 2003-04 Finals MVP was a three-time NBA winner and five-time star in 17 seasons. According to Detroit News, Billups was open to working in an NBA front office.
Prior to the brief stint with the Cavs in which his team was 19-57, Drew coached the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, posting an overall record of 162-226. He was also an assistant for the four years of LeBron James’ second inning at Cleveland which culminated in four consecutive finals appearances, including the only title in the franchise.
With this type of championship pedigree among the coaching staff, the Clippers will have a lot to mold after entering the field for the 2020-21 season.