Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors
But it was that initial call that changed everything. General Manager David Griffin was on the line. In speaking with numerous sources close to the “The Call,” cleveland.com learned the details. There were no initial pleasantries. Griffin got right to the point — David Blatt was being relieved of his duties. Lue’s response was candid and immediate. “This is f—– up, Griff.”
Lue pleaded with Griffin, arguing for several minutes that firing Blatt was an excessive move for a team carrying a conference-best 30-11 record. Griffin listened to Lue’s pleas. When they ended, he told Lue the decision has already been carried out.
Griffin circled back to his original question. “What’s done is done. I’m asking you if you can lead this team?” It had taken a few minutes, but Griffin got the response he sought. “Yeah, I can f—ing lead this team.”
“I was like, ‘what the f—.’ That was my initial thought,” Lue told cleveland.com. “I didn’t see it coming. I couldn’t believe it. But, you’re prepared because you’ve done the coaching interviews and you have your philosophies. But to fire the head coach and you take over the next day with no practice or anything and you have the Chicago Bulls coming in. It was overwhelming.”