Cavs Hire Of Tyronn Lue Is An Ambitious One


The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired former Clippers’ assistant coach Tyronn Lue as an associate head coach to recently hired David Blatt. Yahoo sports has reported that Lue has accepted a “financially strong assistant coaching package” from the Cavs. Lue was believed to be the Cavs next choice for head coach if David Blatt had not worked out. The hiring of Lue comes as a surprise mostly because rarely is an organization able to hire their top two candidates for the job onto the same staff.

According to league sources, Cavs General Manager David Griffin made it an objective to pursue the hire of both of his top coaching candidates. Lue and Blatt have reportedly been in frequent contact with each other. Lue has been an assistant under Doc Rivers for the past five years in Boston and most recently with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The hire of Lue comes across as a win for Griffin and the Cavs. Lue has matured quickly into a highly revered head coaching candidate. The main criticism surrounding the hire of Blatt had to with his ability to assimilate to the NBA game. The addition of the Lue will quiet most of those questions. Lue should bring a good knowledge of the NBA game as well as the ability to handle the egos of the NBA player, two areas where Blatt lacks experience.

Many thought that Lue would stick in Los Angeles with Rivers considering his head assistant coach Alvin Gentry left for the Golden State Warriors. Rivers also lost assistant Kevin Eastman who was promoted to the Clippers front office. Lue will reportedly be one of the highest paid assistant coaches in the league with the Cavs.

After a long and involved coaching search, it appears on the surface that Griffin and Owner Dan Gilbert did well in the end. Blatt is a fresh name in the NBA game and the Cavs are being praised for the hire. However, the follow up hire of Lue makes the whole thing come together. This hire is an aggressive move by Griffin to get what they needed despite the odds and he got it done. It took a while for the Cavs to get there but on the coaching side of things one can’t help but feel pretty good about who they have put in place. The Cavs will announce their coaching hires in a press conference on Wednesday.

By: Brad Ward

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