The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently the No. 3-seed in the Eastern Conference at 40-29 overall and are 0.5 games ahead of the No. 4 Washington Wizards and No. 5 Indiana Pacers.
On Monday morning, it was announced that Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will be stepping back from his coaching role “for the time being.”
Cavaliers Coach Ty Lue, who has had to leave the bench mid-game three times this season due to his health, is stepping away from coaching"for the time being." Has had chest pains "and other troubling symptoms," but says there's been no diagnosis yet for what's wrong with him.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 19, 2018
As Nichols tweeted, this isn’t a sudden health scare. Lue has been suffering with pains and troubling symptoms for a while now.
Lue issued a statement on the matter.
“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.
“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.”
Prior to his playing and coaching days in the NBA, Lue was a guard at Nebraska from 1995-98. He was Second-Team All-Big 12 in 1997 and First-Team All Big-12 in 1998.
As a member of the Cornhuskers, he averaged 15.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.
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