The Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday fired head coach Tyronn Lue amid an 0-6 start, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people requested anonymity because the decision had not yet been publicly announced.
Assistant coach Larry Drew, who filled in for Lue last season when Lue took a leave of absence to deal with health concerns, will serve as interim coach. Drew is a former NBA head coach with Atlanta and Milwaukee and went 9-1 in Lue’s absence last season.
The Cavs announced the firing and Drew’s appointment in a statement Sunday afternoon.
“This was a very difficult decision,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said in a statement. “It is especially so, considering Coach Lue’s time with us over the last four years, including four straight trips to the NBA Finals,” said Altman. “We have respect and great admiration for Ty, not only as a coach, but a person. We thank him for the many ways he has contributed to our success, wish him the best and he will always be remembered for leading a very special Cavs team back against the odds to win the title in 2016.
“This is a different team equation, though, and one that we felt needed a different voice and approach that required this change.”
SOURCE: Jeff Zillgitt