Tyronn Lue

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Tyronn Lue
Tyronn Lue on Jan 25, 2015.jpg
Tyronn Lue in 2015
Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1977-05-03) May 3, 1977 (age 39)
Mexico, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Raytown (Raytown, Missouri)
College Nebraska (1995–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 1998–2009
Position Point guard
Number 10
Coaching career 2009–present
Career history
As player:
19982001 Los Angeles Lakers
20012003 Washington Wizards
2003–2004 Orlando Magic
2004 Houston Rockets
20042008 Atlanta Hawks
2008 Dallas Mavericks
2008–2009 Milwaukee Bucks
2009 Orlando Magic
As coach:
20092013 Boston Celtics (assistant)
2013–2014 Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
20142016 Cleveland Cavaliers (Associate HC)
2016–present Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 4,710 (8.5 ppg)
Rebounds 943 (1.7 rpg)
Assists 1,727 (3.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tyronn Jamar Lue (born May 3, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 175 lb (79 kg) point guard was selected out of the University of Nebraska by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was traded shortly thereafter to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won two NBA Championships in his first three seasons.

After his playing career ended in 2009, Lue became Director of Basketball Development for the Boston Celtics.[2] In 2014, he was hired by the Cavaliers as associate head coach and was promoted to head coach midseason in 2015-16, replacing the fired David Blatt.[3] That same season, Lue led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship and became one of the few rookie coaches in the NBA to ever lead his team to a title.

High school and college career[edit]

Lue attended Raytown Senior High School in Raytown, Missouri. He later went to University of Nebraska. He played basketball and studied sociology. He was a key member of the 1995-96 team which won the NIT defeating St. Josephs in the finals.[4] He finished his Nebraska career ranked third all-time in assists (432), fourth in three-pointers made (145) and attempted (407), fifth in steals (154) and seventh in scoring (1,577). Declaring for the NBA draft after his junior season, he led the Cornhuskers in assists in each of his three seasons and finished his career tied with Dave Hoppen for most games with 30 or more points (7).

Playing career[edit]

Lue opted for early entry into the 1998 NBA Draft. He was selected 23rd overall by the Denver Nuggets but was traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers with Tony Battie in exchange for Nick Van Exel. His first three years with the Lakers were disappointing. His playing time was limited and he suffered from injuries in 2000. However, Lue excelled in the 2001 playoffs. Due to his quickness, he was specifically used to guard Allen Iverson during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers would lose Game 1, but would sweep the next four games and go on to get a 4–1 series victory over Iverson's 76ers, giving them the second of three consecutive titles.

In the off-season of 2001, Lue signed with the Washington Wizards, where he got considerably more playing time and subsequently became a better point guard. He played with the Orlando Magic in 2003–04 where he got to play a lot of minutes alongside Tracy McGrady, however the team had the worst record in the NBA that season: 21–61. After the season Lue, along with Juwan Howard and McGrady were traded to the Houston Rockets for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato. In Houston, Lue did not get much playing time because of the number of point guards the Rockets had on their roster. He was traded mid-season to the Atlanta Hawks for Jon Barry. Lue starred in Atlanta, although again his team had the worst record in the NBA and their worst record in franchise history: 13–69.

On February 16, 2008, Lue was acquired by the Sacramento Kings in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. He was waived by the Kings on February 28, 2008. After clearing waivers, Lue signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks on March 4.[5]

On July 17, 2008, Lue was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks.[6]

On February 5, 2009, Lue was traded back to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Keith Bogans and cash considerations.[7]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Denotes seasons in which Lue won an NBA championship
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 L.A. Lakers 15 0 12.5 .431 .438 .571 .4 1.7 .3 .0 5.0
1999–00 L.A. Lakers 8 0 18.3 .487 .500 .750 1.5 2.1 .4 .0 6.0
2000–01 L.A. Lakers 38 1 12.3 .427 .324 .792 .8 1.2 .5 .0 3.4
2001–02 Washington 71 0 20.5 .427 .447 .762 1.7 3.5 .7 .0 7.8
2002–03 Washington 75 24 26.5 .433 .341 .875 2.0 3.5 .6 .0 8.6
2003–04 Orlando 76 69 30.7 .433 .383 .771 2.5 4.2 .8 .1 10.5
2004–05 Houston 21 3 22.8 .393 .333 .778 1.9 2.8 .4 .0 6.0
2004–05 Atlanta 49 46 31.2 .464 .364 .871 2.2 5.4 .5 .0 13.5
2005–06 Atlanta 51 10 24.2 .459 .457 .855 1.6 3.1 .5 .1 11.0
2006–07 Atlanta 56 17 26.6 .416 .348 .883 1.9 3.6 .4 .0 11.4
2007–08 Atlanta 33 3 17.1 .439 .435 .857 1.2 1.8 .3 .0 6.8
2007–08 Dallas 17 0 10.1 .474 .529 .250 .8 .9 .0 .1 3.8
2008–09 Milwaukee 30 0 13.1 .454 .467 .750 1.2 1.5 .2 .0 4.7
2008–09 Orlando 14 0 9.2 .395 .353 .667 .8 1.0 .1 .0 3.0
Career 554 173 22.7 .437 .391 .829 1.7 3.1 .5 .0 8.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 L.A. Lakers 3 0 11.0 .412 .000 .000 .7 2.0 .7 .0 4.7
2001 L.A. Lakers 15 0 8.7 .345 .385 .800 .7 .7 .8 .1 1.9
2008 Dallas 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .5 .0 .0 .0
2009 Orlando 1 0 4.0 1.000 1.000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
Career 21 0 8.1 .388 .375 .800 .6 .8 .7 .0 2.3

Coaching career[edit]

On October 23, 2009, Boston named Lue director of basketball development.[2] In July 2013, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers' coaching staff.[8]

On June 23, 2015, Lue joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as their new associate head coach, making him the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA in the process. Lue had been a top candidate for the Cavs' head coaching job, which eventually went to David Blatt.[1]

On January 22, 2016, Lue was named head coach of the Cavaliers immediately following the mid-season firing of Blatt.[9] The contract was for three years.[3]

On May 19, 2016, the Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, continuing their unbeaten streak in the 2016 playoffs and making Lue the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 postseason games.[10] Eight days later, Lue would end up making it to the NBA Finals in his first year of coaching, thus being one of the few coaches to ever make it to the NBA Finals after replacing a head coach during the regular season. On June 19, 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship with Lue becoming the second rookie coach for consecutive seasons to win it all, as well as the second to do it while replacing someone else in the middle of the season (Pat Riley was the first in 1981-82, for the Los Angeles Lakers in his rookie head coaching job).[11] He became the 14th person to win an NBA championship as a head coach and player.[12]

At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Lue was named Best Coach/Manager, and the Cavs were named Best Team.

Coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Cleveland 2015–16 41 27 14 .659 1st in Central 21 16 5 .762 Won NBA Championship
Career 41 27 14 .659 21 16 5 .762

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