Tyronn Lue steps back from coaching Cavs to focus on health issues

James on Coach Lue: “We worry about his health”

But this new role will likely take some time for Drew to adjust to.

When the Cavs convened for their shoot-around on the morning of March 19, in advance of playing Milwaukee at Quicken Loans Arena, Lue was conspicuous by his absence, Cavs superstar LeBron James said he hadn't heard anything about Lue electing to sideline himself until showing up for practice. "I don't know what's going to happen when Tristan [Thompson] returns, but it's a good problem to have". That'll just get better.

A stress-filled season for the Cavs has taken a toll on the 40-year-old Lue, who led them to the 2016 National Basketball Association championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season.

The Cavs now occupy the third spot (41-29) in the Eastern Conference, but are just a half-game ahead of the Washington Wizards (40-30) and Indiana Pacers (40-30). No, not a player, but head coach Tyronn Lue.

"There's no stats. The stat machine blew up I guess", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. But having Love back certainly helps down the stretch.

Lue, 40, left Saturday night's 114-109 victory against the Chicago Bulls with an illness, marking the third time this season that his health has kept him from coaching an entire game. There is every reason to hope he is sufficiently recovered by the regular-season finale on April 11 to rejoin his team for the playoffs.

In a statement, Lue said this leave of absence is meant to create the opportunity for him to return to coaching the Cavaliers this season. He missed five games.

"He's shown the warrior that he is", Drew said. "Because he's the first player ever to score 40 on me that easy". That's just who he is. The Thunder, on the other hand, have won six straight games. He wants to be with the team, but there comes a point where you have to take a step back and assess things. Love wrote. "Been too long".

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Ty Lue has been considering stepping away for a few weeks but kept trying to gut it out.

Drew does have some prior head coaching experience with Atlanta (2010-13) and Milwaukee (2013-14).

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford also left his team to address his health this season.

The contest was the first game for the Cavaliers at home since their return from a six-game road trip and also marked the return of forward Kevin Love, who had missed almost two months because of a fractured left hand.

The team will rely heavily on veterans like James and Kyle Korver to guide them through this hard stretch.

"They were kind of cutting us in transition a little bit and we did a great job of slowing that down", Oladipo said of the Pacers' second-half adjustments.

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