Tale of the tape: Steve Kerr v Tyronn Lue


The NBA Finals will feature two coaches who both won multiple NBA championships in their playing careers.

Both played for Phil Jackson - Steve Kerr with the Chicago Bulls and Tyronn Lue with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kerr is seeking his second title in as many years since taking over the Golden State Warriors while Lue is out to cap a year he started as an assistant by leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first Larry O'Brien Trophy.

Here's how the pair stack up going into Thursday's Finals opener.

Steve Kerr

This is Kerr's second straight Finals series having guided the Warriors to glory last year after taking over from Mark Jackson.

Age: 50
NBA titles: 6 (Five as a player, one as coach)
Career record: 140-24
2015-16 record: 73-9
Coach of the year awards: 1
Claim to fame as a player: Hit the championship-clinching shot against the Utah Jazz as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 1997

Quote: "Obviously they're [the Cavaliers] healthy, but not only are they healthy, they've changed their style. They tried to grind us to a pulp last year playing big, and they were slowing the ball down, slowing the pace down. This year they've added Channing Frye, they're not playing [Timofey] Mozgov, they've got shooting all over the place, and they're playing at a much faster pace. So it's really a much different team than we're seeing."

Tyronn Lue

Lue is making his NBA Finals debut as a coach, having taken over the Cavs midway through the season after the franchise fired David Blatt.

Age: 39
NBA titles: 2 (2000, 2001 Lakers)
Career record: 27-14
Coach of the year awards: 0
Claim to fame as a player: Getting stepped over by Allen Iverson in Game One of the 2001 NBA Finals

Quote: "Well, we have more players now. I think having Kevin and Kyrie healthy, with those two guys hurt last year and injured, it just shortened our rotation and made our bench players starters and our rotation wasn't as deep. So I think now we have a chance to put LeBron to four [power forward] a little bit more, and put LeBron to five [center] if we need to. So we have a lot of players now that we can do some different things and make some adjustments if need be."