The reasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ dismissal of Tyronn Lue are numerous. Near the top of the list: general manager Koby Altman believing this group – an unusual mixture of veterans and young players – needed a new voice. In the short term, that’s Larry Drew.
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Cayleigh Griffin: “Before he left here yesterday, I just told him how much I appreciated him.” – Larry Drew Said Coach Lue has been a total pro since his playing days and doesn’t get enough credit for all he did in Cleveland.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said he talked to Ty Lue yesterday a bit after he got fired. “The good news for him is he’ll be I’m sure heavily sought after. … He’s a heck of a coach.”
Cayleigh Griffin: Tristan Thompson on the message the team receives when a coach is fired – “Gotta be better.” He notes it was a very emotional day, and there’s a lot of love for Ty Lue here.
Dane Moore: At Target Center this morning, LeBron James comments on the Ty Lue firing in Cleveland: “Nothing but respect…” pic.twitter.com/X2xUalifXE
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on the news that Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue: “It’s always sad when you see a fellow coach get the axe like that this early in the season.”
Cleveland needed a player’s coach who had earned LeBron James’ respect and spent plenty of time around some of the NBA’s finest. His resume gave him credibility. It allowed him to challenge James and some of the other vets. He built trust that Blatt lost. The bold stroke by then-GM David Griffin ultimately led to the Cavaliers’ first NBA championship a few months later. The Cavaliers still feel Lue — labeled an “incredible coach” by a source that spoke with cleveland.com Sunday afternoon — would be an ideal fit for a roster loaded with experience, perhaps one capable of competing for a championship immediately. Just not the Cavs — a team that’s trying to strike an incredibly difficult balance between the present and future.
After a tough decision, one the organization knows will be panned given how early it is into the season and Lue’s stellar mark as head coach, the Cavs parted ways with him early Sunday morning, one day after another double-digit blowout loss at home. They also fired assistant coach Damon Jones. Lue handled the news in a very professional manner, according to a source familiar with the meeting.
According to a source, the Cavs had grown frustrated with the overall lack of competitiveness, believing the roster is more talented than it has displayed. In all six losses, the Cavs have trailed by at least 16 points. They have yet to lead in the second half of a game. Four of the six losses have been by double figures. “We have radically underachieved and it was unacceptable,” the source said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs make Lue firing official, Drew interim coach.
The Cavs announced the firing and Drew’s appointment in a statement Sunday afternoon. “This was a very difficult decision,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. “It is especially so, considering Coach Lue’s time with us over the last four years, including four straight trips to the NBA Finals,” said Altman. “We have respect and great admiration for Ty, not only as a coach, but a person. We thank him for the many ways he has contributed to our success, wish him the best and he will always be remembered for leading a very special Cavs team back against the odds to win the title in 2016. This is a different team equation, though, and one that we felt needed a different voice and approach that required this change.”
Marc J. Spears: Tyronn Lue statement obtained by @espn @TheUndefeated pic.twitter.com/Cj7JdsYS12
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday, sources told The Athletic. Lue, 41, is the only coach in Cavs history to win a championship. He has three years left on the five-year, $35 million contract he signed after guiding the team to its 2016 Finals victory, and leaves the only head coaching job he’s ever had with a record of 128-83. … Altman called Lue into his office Sunday morning and fired him. Lue did not argue with Altman, a source said.
The team’s players were informed immediately thereafter. A source told The Athletic the players are “pissed.” Lue’s a player’s coach who is partial to veterans, and his partiality toward them might have played a role in his dismissal.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cavs practicing soon — with GM Koby Altman expected to tell players that Larry Drew is the team’s voice today. Altman and Dan Gilbert wants Drew to accept interim coaching job — with possibility of a longer-term appointment later. Drew is hoping for a longer commitment now.
Joe Vardon: Cavs’ players are ‘pissed’ over Lue’s firing, sources tell me. You’re seeing it play out on social media. bit.ly/2OdTD9s
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ty Lue had approximately $15M left on his Cavaliers contract, league source tells ESPN.
The decision to fire Lue is peculiar despite the winless start. Lue, who has three years left on his five-year, $35 million contract, took the team to three consecutive NBA Finals. He is known as a players’ coach and his track record suggests he deserved more than six games with a team, especially considering he was on the sidelines for Cleveland’s best seasons. But owner Dan Gilbert has a history of coaching and front-office dismissals. Since Gilbert bought the team in 2005, the Cavs have had seven head coaches, including Mike Brown twice – his second stint lasting just one season. Altman is Cleveland’s fifth general manager during Gilbert’s ownership.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday, sources told The Athletic.
Joe Vardon: Altman called Lue into his office and let him go, sources said. The Cavs are 0-6
Adrian Wojnarowski: After firing Ty Lue, Cleveland planning to promote Larry Drew to interim coach, sources tell ESPN. Management meeting with Drew now.
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May 13, 2021 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Brian Robb: Celtics have officially locked up the No. 7 seed in East with losses tonight by Hornets and Pacers. They will host No. 8 seed on Tuesday night at Garden in play-in tournament.
Scott Agness: Bucks continue their dominance over the Pacers, winning 142-133. Pacers severely undermanned. T.J. McConnell scored a career-high 23pts. JHoliday (had his best offensive night as a Pacer: 26pts, 8 made 3s. Giannis with 40/15. Up next: vs Lakers on Sat.
Law Murray: 113-90 Clippers win in Charlotte means that Phoenix won’t be clinching the division tonight. Clippers in Houston tomorrow. They’re done with the Eastern Conference… unless they win the Western Conference Finals.
Mirjam Swanson: Nic Batum on Ty’s insistence that he let it fly: “I just let the game come to me, I just try to make the right play… I don’t try to force. I haven’t shot in five minutes, I have to take a shot. No.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
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