Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors
Despite his – and Cleveland’s – recent success against the Hawks, James knows better than to look in the rearview mirror. “What happened in the past doesn’t define what happens today,” said James, who is 8-0 in two playoff series against Atlanta. “We’ve got to focus on the now and this is a team that’s coming off a very good and challenging first-round series against the Celtics, and we understand that their coach is going to have those guys well prepared and well driven for the series. “It don’t matter if you can win 100 straight games against somebody. If you lose four in a row, then you’re out of the playoffs. It doesn’t matter. All the things that happened in the past does not matter to our focus this week.”
As the Cavaliers prepare to face the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs, head coach Tyronn Lue continues to guide the team without having signed a new contract since taking over for David Blatt, multiple sources said this week.
Lue, 38, was promoted from associate head coach to Blatt’s successor on Jan. 22, with Cleveland general manager David Griffin parting ways with Blatt despite the team’s conference-best 30-11 record at the time. Even without a new contract being signed, Lue never had an interim title attached to his position, however.
According to a source close to Lue, he fully expects to be the head coach of the Cavs next season and beyond, no matter what happens with his team the remainder of the postseason.
The source also said Lue currently has no interest in any of the current head-coaching vacancies around the league in Houston, New York, Sacramento or the Los Angeles Lakers, the franchise he started his career with as a rookie point guard in 1998-99.
Lue’s reasoning for delaying an official agreement was out of respect and deference to Blatt, according to multiple sources. Lue felt indebted to Blatt for the opportunity to be his defensive coordinator and did not want the perception to exist that he was benefiting with a multimillion dollar raise at Blatt’s expense.