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WHEN SPORTS CAME BACK Clip­pers to hire Lue as coach

Keep­ing an eye on the world of sports during the pan­demic:

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Ty­ronn Lue has agreed to be­come the next coach of the Clip­pers, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported Thurs­day.

Lue will re­place Doc Rivers, who had coached the Clip­pers for the last seven sea­sons and is now­coach­ing the 76ers. Lue, 43, was on the 59-year-old Rivers’ staff this sea­son when the Clip­pers wasted a 3-1 lead over the Nuggets and lost in the Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals.

ESPN first re­ported the agree­ment be­tween Lue, above, and the Clip­pers, say­ing it was a five-year deal.

It’s not the first time Lue has been pro­moted to head coach in the NBA in the wake of a fir­ing. He was on the Cava­liers staff when he re­placed the fired David Blatt during the 2015-16 sea­son. Un­der Lue’s guid­ance, the Cavs and Le­Bron James went on to win their first-ever NBA cham­pi­onship that sea­son, mak­ing Lue one of the few rookie coaches in the league to ever lead his team to a ti­tle.

Lue, who won two NBA ti­tles as a player with the Lak­ers, went 128-83 in parts of four sea­sons as Cavs coach. He coached the team to the NBA Fi­nals in 2017 and 2018, but both times they lost to the War­riors. He was fired af­ter an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 sea­son.

Lue was in his sec­ond stint with the Clip­pers, hav­ing joined them ini­tially in July 2013. The fol­low­ing June, he joined the Cava­liers.

Lue’s hir­ing means there are now six Black head coaches cur­rently in the NBA as he joins Rivers (76ers), Lloyd Pierce (Hawks), J.B. Bick­er­staff (Cava­liers), Monty Wil­liams (Suns) and Dwane Casey (Pis­tons).

Lue also was a can­di­date for other jobs this off­sea­son.

The Clip­pers — in the first sea­son of Kawhi Leonard and Paul Ge­orge play­ing to­gether — went 49-23 this reg­u­lar sea­son, the fourth-best record in fran­chise his­tory.

Also Thurs­day, ESPN re­ported that Daryl Morey will step down as Rock­ets GM.

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