Richard Jefferson Expresses Sympathy for LeBron James, Tyronn Lue and Luke Walton

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After contract negotiations between former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers collapsed on Wednesday, the Lakers were left to look at other candidates.

In response, one former Cavs player went on social media to express sympathy for three of the central figures in this situation: Lue, former Cavs forward LeBron James and former Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

Jefferson played for the Cavaliers for two seasons under Lue and was part of the iconic 2016 team that captured an NBA title. James was the key facet of that team and signed with the Lakers last July, when Walton was still serving as the team’s head coach.

The 2018-19 campaign for the Lakers slowly disintegrated, largely due to injuries to James and turmoil within the team’s front office. Despite being considered a potential playoff team, the Lakers missed the postseason, finishing with a 37-45 record.

That disappointment led the Lakers and Walton to mutually part ways on April 12, with Walton accepting the head coaching position with the Sacramento Kings three days later.

The aforementioned turmoil with the Lakers front office also resulted in Magic Johnson resigning as the team’s president of basketball operations. Over the past six seasons, the team has averaged just 27 wins per year, having missed the playoffs in each of those seasons. That dubious stretch was a far cry from the 10 NBA titles that were won by the franchise from 1980 to 2010.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.