Tyronn Lue wants to see the recently retired Kevin Garnett, a friend of his, join the Cavaliers coaching staff.
Lue spoke with the media on Thursday, saying he’s been trying to woo Garnett to joining Cleveland’s coaching staff.
“I talked to him about it,” Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. “I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he’s not ready yet. He goes back — ‘I might do it’ — but he’s back and forth. We’ll see. But I’d definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach.”
Lue has long been friends with Garnett and coached the Timberwolves legend as an assistant with the Celtics in the late 2000s. The former Lakers point guard has made a habit of inviting his friends and former rivals to his staff, as earlier in month, he also said recently inducted Hall of Famer Allen Iverson was welcome to join Cleveland’s bench.
Garnett seems destined to have continued involvement in the NBA following his illustrious playing career, but I’d be shocked if it was anywhere else but Minnesota. Garnett has expressed interest in becoming a co-owner of the Timberwolves at some point, and I’d imagine if he wanted to go the coaching route, Tom Thibodeau would welcome him on his staff.
It’s a nice gesture from Lue. Garnett has been retired for less than a week and he’s already got coaching prospects. It’s telling of his basketball talent and the kind of person he is.