Cavaliers Coach Ty Lue Gets The Goodbye Look

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue in September
Cavs coach Ty Lue in September [Mark Urycki / ideastream]

The Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced Sunday that Head Coach Ty Lue has been fired after going winless in the first six games this season.

“This was a very difficult decision. 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.”

Lue became head coach in January of 2016 when David Blatt was fired.  He took the team to the playoffs and brought home the Cavaliers’ first NBA championship.   

Lue had a combined regular season record of 128-83 (.606) and a 41-20 (.672) mark in the playoffs. 

He will be replaced by Associate Head Coach Larry Drew.  Before coming to Cleveland, Drew served as the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14 and the Atlanta Hawks from 2010 through 2013. 

 

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