Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue anncounced today during a press conference he would be stepping away as the Cavs coach for the time being due to health concerns. Lue, whom left halfway through the Cavs 114-109 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, says he felt chest pains and other symptoms.
Lue stated that he has dealt with loss of sleep all season, and doctors have no conclusions to what may cause it. Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over in his absenceue says the last thing he wants to do is have his health effect his team.
“I think it’s probably well overdue,” LeBron James said. “Understanding what he’s been going through throughout the season, so obviously health is the most important with everything in life, so I’m not surprised by it at all.” Lue is excepted to return to coach the Cavaliers but the time table is uncertain.
Ty Lue’s bad news comes on the same day Power Forward Kevin Love is set to make his return against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs sit at as the third seed in the Eastern Conference , at 40-29. The top seed, the Toronto Raptors sit 11.5 games ahead of the Cavs and 5 ahead of number two seed Boston. With the bad news of losing Ty Lue and dealing with multiple injuries, the return of Kevin Love is needed.
Now the Cavaliers must frantically gel Love with the new faces acquired during his time injured with a new coach.
Rodney Hood is also out with an injury , meaning Love will have to wait to work with Hood. Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson were acquired before the trade deadline and have yet to see time on the court with Love.
The remaining Cavs games will be needed to get the team to click in order to make a NBA Finals appearance for the fourth year in a row. A tall order , considering how the Cavs have fared this season, but with LeBron James anything is possible.
Update: Kyle Korver expected to play tonight as well.