While the Clippers have still not extended him, and his name has circulated a lot at the start of “free agency”, Tyronn Lue will attack his 4th season at the head of the franchise. Clearly, his record has not been good for two years with missed playoffs in 2022 and elimination in the first round in 2023. The fault, obviously, of the repeated injuries which affect Kawhi Leonard And Paul George.
Podcast guest All The Smoke, the Clippers coach was asked about his management of the absences of these two superstars. Since he arrived, he has always finished the season without one or both of them. How does he handle it?
“You know, it’s difficult… It’s frustrating, especially as a coach. I think for our fans too, Clippers fans, for the franchise too… Because we feel like we have the potential to win a title,” Lue replied. “We have all the elements, all the right elements, and we have two big stars in PG and Kawhi, two of the best players I’ve ever seen as a two-way player.”
“We have to approach the regular season in a different way…. Be serious. Let’s not wait for the playoffs »
It’s frustrating, so it’s the injuries that are hard to deal with. Not the players. “It’s not a headache, and we can ask them anything. They’re not looking for the media, they weren’t looking for attention… You can approach them and ask them to do anything, and they will. It’s a shame, because everyone practices “load management”, and we only blame them. In the end, if they are unable to play the playoffs, it is because they are really serious injuries. We manage the guys so that when we get to the playoffs, we can finish the season, and we didn’t. So it’s not about sitting back or managing the workload during the playoffs. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. »
Since the “load management” does not prevent Paul George and Kawhi Leonard from accumulating injuries, Lue warns them that the season will have to be approached regularly differently. “What I said to Kawhi and PG this summer is that we have to approach the regular season in a different way…. Be serious. Let’s not wait for the playoffs, because it’s important. Opponents, home advantage, not fighting for the last ten games of the season to miss out on the play-offs, all of that matters. They both got it.”
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