Tyronn Lue

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Tyronn Lue
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Lue with the Cavaliers in 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1977-05-03) May 3, 1977 (age 41)
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:
20112013 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 (/tɪˈrɒn ˈlj/, born May 3, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Playing career[edit]

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 that won the NIT, defeating St. Joseph's in the finals.[3] 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).

NBA 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. But Lue excelled in the 2001 playoffs. Due to his quickness, he was specifically used to guard Allen Iverson during Game 1 of the Finals. The Lakers lost Game 1, but swept the next four games, 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 and had a lot of minutes alongside Tracy McGrady, but the team had the worst record in the NBA that season: 21–61. After the season concluded, Lue, McGrady, Juwan Howard, and Reece Gaines were traded to the Houston Rockets for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato. In Houston, Lue saw a notable decrease in playing time due to the overabundance of point guards on the Rockets' roster, and was subsequently 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 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.[4]

On July 17, 2008, Lue was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks.[5]

On February 5, 2009, Lue was traded back to the Magic in exchange for Keith Bogans and cash considerations.[6]

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.[1] In July 2013, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers' coaching staff.[7]

On June 23, 2014, Lue joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as 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.[8]

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.[2]

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 led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in his first year of coaching, becoming one of the few coaches to make it to the 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 in consecutive seasons to win it all, the third person to become champion as a mid-season replacement coach (after Paul Westhead in 1979–80, and Pat Riley in 1981–82, also his rookie coaching season), and the 14th person to win an NBA championship as a head coach and player.[11][12]

In the 2016–17 NBA season, Lue coached the Cavaliers to a 51–31 record. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers went 12–1 heading into the 2017 NBA Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games.

On March 19, 2018, Lue announced that he would take a leave of absence from coaching the Cavaliers, citing chest pain as one of the recurring problems.[13] Lue returned to coach before the regular season ended and helped the Cavaliers reach the 2018 NBA Finals where they lost to the Warriors in four games.

Lue's coaching style relies on flexibility and James's consistency while shuffling players around him to adjust to matchups. In the 2015 Finals as an assistant to David Blatt, the Cavaliers used a large front court and a slow pace to win surprise victories in games 2 and 3. In 2016, his finals team followed the Warriors' own blueprint to beat them. His style has been described as undisciplined and unprepared in the regular season, but in the playoffs he has been praised for his ability to "think several moves ahead and create matchup advantages."[14]

At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Lue was named Best Coach/Manager, and the Cavs were named Best Team. In honor of his achievements, a portion of Walnut Street in Lue's hometown of Mexico, Missouri, was renamed Tyronn Lue Boulevard.[15]

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
Cleveland 2016–17 82 51 31 .622 1st in Central 18 13 5 .722 Lost in NBA Finals
Cleveland 2017–18 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 22 12 10 .545 Lost in NBA Finals
Career 205 128 77 .624 61 41 20 .672

Awards and honors[edit]

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As coach:

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