Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence due to health issues

  • Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue is stepping away from the team for the time being to focus on his health. 
  • Lue's exact health issues are unknown, but he says he has had chest pains and difficulty sleeping. 
  • Long-time NBA coach and current Cavaliers assistant Larry Drew will take over the team while Lue is away. 


Another wrench was thrown into what has already been a tumultuous season for the Cleveland Cavaliers as head coach Tyronn Lue is stepping back from the team due to health issues, the team announced today.

"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," Lue said in the 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."

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Tyronn Lue (L) tries to pass the ball around San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan in the second period of game four of the Western Conference semi-finals in Inglewood, May 23. SSM
New Jersey Nets Stephon Marbury (L) muscles around Los Angeles Lakers' Tyronn Lue in the fourth period during their NBA matchup January 26, 2001 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Marbury led his team with 33 points in the Lakers 113-101 victory. SSM/SV
Lakers from left Tyronn Lue, Brian Shaw, Robert Horry, Shaquille O'Neal and Ron Harper in Philadelphia. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
6 Jun 2001: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers is shadowed by Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers in game one of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The 76ers won 107-101. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport.
8 Jun 2001: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers is defended by Tyronn Lue #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers in game one of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/ALLSPORT NOTE TO USER: It is expressly understood that the only rights Allsport are offering to license in this Photograph are one-time, non-exclusive editorial rights. No advertising or commercial uses of any kind may be made of Allsport photos. User acknowledges that it is aware that Allsport is an editorial sports agency and that NO RELEASES OF ANY TYPE ARE OBTAINED from the subjects contained in the photographs.
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 8: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers receives treatment prior to game two of the 2001 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers played June 8, 2001 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
USA - JUNE 16: Shaquille O'Neal and Tyronn Lue of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate winning the 2001 NBA championship on the team flight back to Los Angeles the day after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in game five of the 2001 NBA Finals, June 16, 2001 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
14 Nov 2001: Point guard Tyronn Lue #10 of the Washington Wizards dribbles the ball during the NBA game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The Bucks defeated the Wizards 107-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE Mandatory Credit: Glenn James /NBAE/Getty Images
27 FEB 2002: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Washington Wizards celebrates after hitting a shot at the buzzer of the third quarter during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. DIGITAL IMAGE NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE Mandatory credit: Mitchell Layton/NBAE/Getty Images
ATLANTA - APRIL 3: Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards tries to motivate Tyronn Lue #10 as teammates Christian Laettner #44 and Jahidi White #55 look on during the NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 3, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks won 91-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
DENVER - MARCH 30: Michael Jordan #23 and Tyronn Lue #10 of the Washington Wizards listen to head coach Doug Collins during the NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on March 30, 2003 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets won 88-72. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS - OCTOBER 7: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Orlando Magic drives against the Dallas Mavericks October 7, 2003 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 3: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Orlando Magic smiles during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Waterhouse Centre on March 3, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. The Bucks won 105-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JUNE 30: (L-R) Tracy McGrady, Tyronn Lue and Reece Gaines of the Houston Rockets face the media with their new jerseys during a press conference to introduce the Rockets new players at Toyota Center on June 30, 2004 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 21: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Houston Rockets stands on the court court during the preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on October 21, 2004 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Rockets won 98-78. NOTE TO USER:User expressly acknowleges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 26: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Atlanta Hawks stands on the court during the game with the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 26, 2005 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves won 104-87. NOTICE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement: Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo By David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 13: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands next to Tyronn Lue #10 of the Houston Rockets during the game at Toyota Center on November 13, 2004 in Houston, Texas. The Lakers won 84-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2004 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - JANUARY 7: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Atlanta Hawks moves the ball during the game against the Sacramento Kings at Philips Arena on January 7, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Kings won 100-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - DECEMBER 10: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on December 10, 2005 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks won 94-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA - JANUARY 15: Tyronn Lue of the Atlanta Hawks dances in the huddle prior to a game against the Boston Celtics on January 15, 2007 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
DALLAS - APRIL 25: (L-R) Tyronn Lue and Eddie Jones of the Dallas Mavericks look on against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2008 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks won 97-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Tim Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30: (L-R) Juwan Howard #55, Eddie Jones #6, Tyronn Lue #10, Erick Dampier #25, Brandon Bass #32, and Antoine Wright #21 of the Dallas Mavericks watch the action from the sideline during the game against the Golden State Warrriors at Oracle Arena on March 30, 2008 in Oakland, California. The Warriors won 114-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 24: Tyronn Lue #10 of the Milwaukee Bucks watches the action from the sideline during the preseason game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on October 24, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won 112-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: D.J. Augustin #14 of the Charlotte Bobcats guards Tyronn Lue #10 of the Milwaukee Bucks on January 3, 2009 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Orlando Magic guard Tyronn Lue (10) battles for a rebound with Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace (3) during the first half at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday, February 17, 2009. (Photo by Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
ORLANDO - MAY 24: Tyronn Lue #10 and Marcin Gortat #13 of the Orlando Magic share a laugh during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 24, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The Magic won 99-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO - MAY 10: Tyronn Lue of the Orlando Magic signs for fans before play against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 10, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO - MAY 30: Rafer Alston #1, Jameer Nelson, Tyronn Lue #10 and Hedo Turkoglu #15 celebrate after the Orlando Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-90 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, FL. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actor Jack Nicholson and assistant coach Tyronn Lue of the Boston Celtics pose for a photograph during halftime of a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 15: Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Boston Celtics calls a play against the Atlanta Hawks during NBA Summer League on July 15, 2012 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 17: LeBron James #23 and Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers attend the game to watch their team play against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League on July 17, 2015 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 21: Tyronn Lue talks to Matthew Dellavedova #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 21, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 17: Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks at a pregame press conference before the game against the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 17, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 2: Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers exchange greetings with Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 5: LeBron James #23 and head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk during the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 5, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 15: Head Coach Tyronn Lue and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during practice and media availability as part of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 15, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is pumped up after winning the game against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is interviewed after the game against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait after winning the NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 19: Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers waves at fans during the Cleveland Cavaliers Victory Parade And Rally on June 19 2016 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 22: Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers waves to the fans during the Cleveland Cavaliers Victory Parade And Rally on June 22, 2016 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers and general manager David Griffin during media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 27: Kay Felder #20 listens to Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena on January 27, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 124-116. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: LeBron James and head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers during practice and media availability as part of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 06, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 8: James Harden #13 and Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets talk with Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League on July 8, 2017 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 9: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers talks with Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the game between the two teams on March 9, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Lue ssid he intends to use his time away from the team to begin a "prescribed routine and medication," and hopes to return to the Cavaliers. However, no timetable was given for when that return might be. 

Obviously, Lue is making the right call to focus on his health, but there's no denying that from an on-the-court perspective this is yet more turmoil during a Cleveland Cavaliers season that has been marked by underperformance and drama, including a massive roster overhaul right at the trade deadline.

In Lue's absence, associate head coach Larry Drew will be taking over head coaching duties for the Cavaliers, per ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin. A longtime assistant in the league, Drew has also had head coaching stints with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks.  His overall record as a head coach is 143-169. 

Currently, Cleveland sits in third place in the Eastern Conference but is only a half-game ahead of Washington in the fourth-place spot. 

Lue took over the Cavaliers during the middle of the 2015-16 season and helped turn the team around and lead it a dramatic victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals that year to claim the franchise's first title. 

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