Due to health issues, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without their head coach, Tyronn Lue, for the foreseeable future.
Tyronn Lue, now in his third season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has reportedly stepped down for the time being to address health concerns. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take his place as interim head coach until Tyronn Lue is able to return.
The Cavaliers released the following statement from Coach Lue:
“After many conversations with our doctors and (General Manager) Koby (Altman) 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.
I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions to what the exact issue is.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards.
I really appreciate (Owner) Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, and our medical team and the organization’s support throughout.”
Cavs’ general manager Koby Altman also released a statement: “We know how difficult these circumstances are for Coach Lue and we support him totally in this focused approach to addressing his health issues.”
Lue left in the middle of Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday and did not return, leaving Larry Drew to coach the rest of the contest.
The 11-year NBA veteran led the 2015-16 Cavaliers to one of the most memorable championships in NBA history, and this season has led the team to a solid record of 40-29.
Hopefully, Lue can address these concerns and return to coaching when he and the organization see fit.
All-Star Kevin Love was also reportedly expected to return later this week, adding yet another wrinkle to this roller coaster season for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers play on Monday evening against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks and can be caught on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.