New Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue suggested the team's chemistry issues seen on the court this past season were caused by the lack of continuity. The Clippers, who added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to their roster in the summer of 2019, were considered as the top favorite to win it all this past NBA season.
But their season came to an end on a humiliating way as they blew a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Clippers split with their long-time coach Doc Rivers after the humiliating playoff exit and Lue was named as the new coach.
"I think when you talk about chemistry and continuity, it is not off the court, the guys not liking each other," Lue said in his virtual introductory news conference with reporters Wednesday. "When you talk about chemistry, it is more so [Paul George] came in and he had shoulder surgery, so he was out, he missed the whole training camp and was out the first 11 games of the season.
Kawhi [Leonard] came in and couldn't participate in the whole training camp, and then we lost Pat Beverley, in and out of the lineup a few times."
Lue determined to win it all with Leonard and George
Lue acknowledged that Leonard and George are the two leaders on the team but suggested that more players and team personell need to step up in certain situations and display leadership.
"Leadership is different," Lue said. "You can talk about our two players, Kawhi and PG, they lead by example. ... And you are not going to have the best players be the natural leaders at all times. It doesn't happen like that.
I think a lot of leadership has to come from me, has to come from Kawhi, PG, Lou and Pat Beverley. It's going to be collective." The Clippers still have one of the best rosters in the NBA and the goal is to win it all with this group of players.
"I want to be one of the greatest coaches," Lue said of immediately facing pressure to win it all with the Clippers. "In order to be great, you have to win. "[Leonard and George] are going to have to adjust to my system and my program," Lue added about his two stars.
"But also I also have to be able to adjust to their comfort zone and what makes them better. Also setting the tone defensively of being the two best two-way players in the league. I think it starts on the defensive end with those two guys with setting a tone defensively. I think health is the biggest thing moving forward."