The Celtics hired NBA former point guard Tyronn Lue as their Director of Basketball Development on Friday. He will assist the coaching staff and observe practices.
He made his debut on Friday in Waltham as the Celtics prepare for their season opener on Tuesday in Cleveland. Lue played 11 seasons with seven different teams, including last year with Orlando. He won NBA titles in 2000 and ‘01 with the Lakers.
I'd be very surprised if Lue isn't practicing with the team. My guess is that this move is to orient him with the team's plays and to allow him to develop chemistry with the players, in case we need a point guard later in the season.
Update from Boston.com:
Tyronn Lue had already been in the league five years and won a pair of championship rings with the Lakers when he arrived in Orlando in 2003, Doc Rivers' last season as head coach of the Magic.
Rivers only lasted 11 games as head coach that season, but point guard-to-point guard he and Lue saw things the same way.
Two years ago, when Rivers was winning a championship in Boston and Lue was a veteran reserve with the Magic, Rivers had talked to Lue.
"There's guys you coach all the time that you say, 'He'll be a coach.' And Ty Lue was on the top of that list," Rivers said. "I told him when you're ready to stop trying to play basketball and you want to come sit on the bench and join us, we'll create it," Rivers said. "No matter how many coaches we have, I'll get you a job."
Lue took him up on the offer, joining Rivers' staff as director of basketball development. He was at practice today in Waltham. He'll be Rivers' fifth assistant.