Last Updated: 2018-03-19
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ tumultuous season took another turn on Monday. Head coach Tyronn Lue has decided to take a leave of absence from the Cavaliers to concentrate on his health. According to reports, Lue has dealt with chest pains and various other symptoms for a period of time. Now, it is in his best interest to step away from the game. However, he plans to return for the playoffs as of today.
The Cavaliers have struggled all season long, but remain in the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Although they are 3.5 games ahead of the No. 8 seed Miami Heat, the Cavaliers are not in peril of missing the playoffs. They have 13 games remaining on the schedule, so Lue will have time to recover if possible. However, this is a tenuous health situation that needs to be cleared before even thinking about basketball.
Lue has led the Cavaliers to a (40-29) record. Since losing in the NBA Finals last season, the Cavaliers have undergone so many changes, they don’t resemble anything from past years. First, the Cavaliers traded away Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. In return, they received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic. Well, Thomas and Crowder were each traded before the deadline. However, that was just one of the moves in recent months. The Cavaliers also signed Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade during the offseason. Rose was traded, while the Cavaliers made room to send Wade back home to the Heat. Rose is now on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During all of these moves, the Cavaliers received George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance and Jordan Clarkson before the deadline. Now, they are awaiting Kevin Love’s return from injury. Love may come back as early as this week. Yet, he won’t be playing with Lue as the head coach.
Instead, Larry Drew will takeover as the head coaching position. Lue has a record of (118-74) in three seasons with the Cavaliers. He also helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title in his first season.
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