Mark Jackson has been the preferred choice for LeBron James and Rich Paul since even before David Blatt coached his first game for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

Jackson had been fired by the Golden State Warriors and became a client of Klutch Sports knowing it would help him get in the good graces of James and Paul.

But the Cavaliers refused to hire Jackson as David Griffin was too knowledgeable of what happened during his tenure with the Warriors.

Griffin's job often consists of managing the demands of James' camp and the "volatility" of Dan Gilbert.

Tyronn Lue did his best to remain loyal to Blatt while also resisting overtures to join Klutch Sports. Lue remained the compromise choice for the Cavaliers and James' camp.