A permanent fixture in Nebraska basketball lore, Tyronn Lue has been named associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers according to The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer. The former Nebrasketball star was rumored to be in the running for the head man’s gig, but that job went to David Blatt instead.
Despite not getting the lead job, the 37-year old Lue will gain valuable experience under Blatt. Considering he’s already spent five years under Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers, it may not be long before Lue finds himself poached from Cleveland.
In a press release by the franchise, general manager David Griffin stated, “Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success. Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously.”
Lue is part of the newest crew preparing to make yet another run at rebuilding the humdrum franchise. The Cavaliers hold two selections in the upcoming NBA draft including the No. 1 overall pick.
There’s no consensus on who’ll be the newest team member Lue will oversee. Some pick Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins while others suggest Duke’s Jabari Parker. However, there’s some talk that Parker isn’t exactly keen to that idea.
Regardless of who the Cavs pick in the draft, there’s a looming question for Cornhusker fans with a seething hatred for all things Miami Heat: Should LeBron James return, does the Lue love cancel out any negativity?
It’s an idea worth entertaining, considering the former Nebrasketballer has two NBA Championships to his name as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. One multi-ring wearer coaching another isn’t exactly the worst recipe for success.
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