Tyronn Lue plans to return as Cavs coach

Lue dealt with health problems throughout the season

Daryl Ruiter
June 09, 2018 - 12:17 am
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue speaks to the media after game four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Tyronn Lue didn’t abandon the Cavs during the season and he has no plans to now that it is over.

Lue was asked if he will return next season, moments after the Cavs were swept in the NBA Finals by Golden State in 4 games.

“Yeah, I do,” Lue said.

Lue took a 2-week leave of absence in March to deal with health problems and assistant coach Larry Drew handled things in his absence.  

"I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and...I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that," Lue said. "I knew that even if I wasn't feeling a hundred percent, I had to get back for the playoffs. That's my time. That's my moment. I didn't want to put our coaches in that situation. I didn't want to put our players in that situation, and I had to fight through it. That's what champions do. I gave everything I had."

Lue admitted that he rushed his return to the bench because he didn't want to leave his coaching staff and team lingering.

"Even though I came back when I wasn't quite ready, I had to," Lue said. "That's who I am. I'm never going to give up and never going to give in. I stayed the course and was able to have a pretty special year, outside of losing in The Finals."

Lue, who took over midway through the 2015-16 season and led the Cavs to the 2016 NBA championship, has 3 years left on his contract with the Cavs.

As challenging as that season was, this year was the most difficult.

General manager David Griffin was not retained by owner Dan Gilbert, Kyrie Irving was dealt to conference rival Boston, a trade that has not worked out for Cleveland and led to multiple trades at the trade deadline in February that saw the roster rebuilt, and multiple injuries made getting through the Eastern Conference for a fourth year in a row challenging.

"It was a tough season," Lue said. "We went through a lot, but I think it made us tougher, made us stronger. The new guys who had a chance to play in the playoffs for the first time, the new guys who had a chance to experience The Finals, which you dream of doing when you're a kid. They had that experience. I told those guys now they see what we have to do to get better and take that next step."