The idea first came up in 2003 when Doc Rivers was the coach of the Orlando Magic and Tyronn Lue was one of his players.
"I told him when he retired to call me because I thought he was going to be a coach," Rivers, the Clippers' coach, recalled recently.
Lue, then in his sixth season in the NBA and clearly thinking like a player, brushed aside Rivers' comments.
"I was like, 'Yeah, right! I ain't going to be no coach,'" Lue recalled, laughing about that long-ago conversation.