Cavaliers’ Coach Tyronn Lue Takes a Break From Coaching Due to Health Issues

Tyronn Lue at the Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational Party in 2016
Tyronn Lue at the Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational Party in 2016. Photo by KCR/REX/Shutterstock (5754396af)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing yet another problem in their setbacks filled 2017-18 NBA season. The Cavs announced on Monday that their head coach Tyronn Lue is taking a break from coaching in order to focus on his health. Lue has had ongoing health issues this season and was unable to coach the entire game on three occasions.

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,” – said Lue in a statement. “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. While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team.

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.” – he added.

Tyronn Lue first experienced problems in December, when he missed the game against the Chicago Bulls. The 40-year old then had to leave the games against the Orlando Magic in February and Saturday’s game against the Bulls because he was not feeling well.

The Cavs announced that assistant coach Larry Drew will take over as interim head coach. Drew previously served as a head coach with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, joining the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

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