Amidst health concerns coupled with uncertainty surrounding the cause, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue is taking a leave of absence from the team.
“After many conversations with our doctors and Koby 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,” Lue said in a prepared 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. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. 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. I greatly appreciate Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, our medical team and the organization’s support throughout.”
Lue has missed several practices and games this season, the most recent being the team’s win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lue has contemplated stepping away for several weeks. Assistant head coach Larry Drew has filled in for Lue during his various absences and will take his spot during this leave.
“We know how difficult these circumstances are for Coach Lue and we support him totally in this focused approach to addressing his health issues,” said Altman of Lue’s decision.