So, the post-LeBron era in Cleveland is not going well. After their 0-6 start, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavaliers are moving on from head coach Tyronn Lue. So that’s that, folks. The Lue era — one which started back in 2015-16 — is over. During his stint in charge, the Cavaliers put up a 128-83 record. They made the NBA Finals under him in three straight seasons, even winning the title back in 2015-16.
But most of us know why that is. LeBron James. And as we know, James isn’t there anymore. He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers now. Don’t worry, though. The Cavaliers have a replacement ready. They’re going in-house…for now.
After firing Ty Lue, Cleveland planning to promote Larry Drew to interim coach, sources tell ESPN. Management meeting with Drew now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 28, 2018
Of course, it’s not entirely Lue’s fault. The Cavaliers are pretty thin as far as talent is concerned. They gave Kevin Love a big extension this past summer in an effort to appear competitive. But they’re not. And they’re not going to be for a while. It’s time to start fresh, right?
So yes, they’re 0-6. Not only that, but they’re one of the worst defenses out East — allowing a second-worst 118.5 points per game. They’re scoring just 105.7 points per game, which ranks fourth-worst. They’ll have another chance to pick up their first win Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
But whether they do or not, the Cavaliers are in for a long season. And this start certainly isn’t just on Lue.