Via a Monday morning statement, the Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that head coach Tyronn Lue will be stepping away from the Cavs bench for the immediate future in order to deal with health concerns. Lue’s health has prevented him from coaching an entire game on three separate occasions over the course of this season, the most recent of which being Saturdays 114-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
In a statement, Lue said,
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 as to what the exact issue is.
Lue continued on to say,
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.
Following Lue leaving Saturday’s game against the Bulls, Cleveland forward LeBron James was asked whether or not Lue’s health has affected the Cavs’ play this season, to which James responded,
I mean, he’s the captain of the ship, so absolutely. We worry about his health, obviously. That’s way more important than this game of basketball. We know he’s been doing everything he needs to do to stay healthy. Take even more measures to get himself right. Everything that’s been going on with our year, it’s just another one.
As of this writing, the Cavaliers have a record of 40-29, which is good enough to place them in third place in the Eastern Conference.
During Lue’s absence, Cavs associate head coach Larry Drew will fill the role as head coach.