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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Tyronn Lue wishes he were still coaching Cavs

Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue is keeping it real in his first interview since being fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking this week with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the former Cavs coach said that he wishes he were still coaching the team.

“My whole career, my longest tenure has been in Cleveland,” said Lue. “Being there the longest, I thought, well, maybe I’d found a home. What I tried to build there, I think the culture I tried to set … I thought we could do it together. Koby [Altman] being a young GM, me being a young coach, having young players.

“I won a championship there, so you have a chance and an opportunity to do something different, and you should have that leeway to be able to go through a couple challenging years,” he went on. “To win a championship and go to the [NBA] Finals should buy you a little time, you would think.”

Lue, who is still only 42, served as associate head coach in Cleveland under David Blatt from 2014 to 2016. He then became head coach after Blatt’s firing and guided the franchise to their first-ever championship in 2016 and two more NBA Finals appearances before himself getting fired in 2018.

After very nearly becoming the head coach for another team, Lue has since returned to the LA Clippers as an assistant under Doc Rivers. With the Cavs going a combined 31-85 (.292) in two seasons now since Lue’s dismissal, it makes you wonder if he was really the problem.

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