On the Court
Tyronn Lue was named head coach of Cavaliers in January of 2016. Six months later, in June 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA championships. This made Lue the third coach to win a championship as a mid-season replacement coach (behind Paul Westhead and Pat Riley).
Only 40 years old. In the next NBA season, he coached the Cavs to their 51-31 record. The Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. As of right now, the Cavs are 40-29 and third in the Eastern Conference behind the Raptors and the Celtics. Lue’s personal accreditations include a 2016 All Star Game head coach position, a 2016 ESPY Award for Best Coach, and 2016 ESPY for Best Team.
Off the Court
Lue didn’t return to the court against the Cavs’ Saturday night game against the Bulls. He didn’t coach his team because he felt sick and couldn’t return back to the court. However, the media is unclear about exactly what is wrong with Lue. Some reports say that he has been sick for a while, others say that he’s been neglecting his already prescribed medication and has had a severe lack of sleep. Some say he has chest pain and joke (not nice) about how its from Lebron James yelling at him on the bench. Lue is 40 years old and a lot of people say that he’s seen as more of a friend than a coach to the team.
The Court Itself (What this all comes down to)
Lue released a statement (as retrived by me from Sports Illustrated)
“After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season” -Tyronn Lue
Therefore, Tyronn Lue will take a temporary leave of absence and associate head coach (a position Lue used to have before taking over as head coach) Larry Drew will take over as head coach.
On a positive note, happy belated birthday to Brian Scalabrine!
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