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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Cavs players 'pissed' after shock Lue dismissal


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The Cleveland Cavaliers' players are reportedly furious after head coach Tyronn Lue was fired just six games into the NBA season. 

According to a report from The Athleticseveral members of the Cavaliers' roster are "pissed" after Lue and his assistant Damon Jones were relieved of their duties in the early hours of Monday morning, with assistant Larry Drew taking over as the team's interim head coach.

Lue was widely considered a players' coach during his three years as the coach of the Cavs, and his removal was met with widespread reaction from current and past members of the Cavaliers roster.

All-Star forward Kevin Love took to Instagram to send a heartfelt message to his recently-departed coach.

“You helped me see the big picture,” Love wrote.

“Life changing experiences and teaching points. Nothing but love and admiration. Know we will work towards something greater together again. THANK YOU.”

Former Cavaliers superstar LeBron James also addressed the move made by the Cavaliers' ownership with a post on Twitter.

“T Lue thanks for the memories and more importantly our partnership bringing a (championship) to that deserved city/fan base,” James tweeted.

“(You) know how to find me.”

The 0-6 Cavaliers are off to their worst start since losing their first seven games in the 1995/96 season without James, who left Cleveland this summer for the second time in his career and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent.

According to a report from The Athletic, Lue was at loggerheads with the Cavaliers' ownership over the general direction of the team since the beginning of training camp. 

The Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman wanted playing time for the organisation's young players, while Lue wanted the team's veterans to still play a major role in order to bring young players along slowly, namely eighth overall pick Collin Sexton.

Lue guided the Cavaliers to an NBA title in 2016 - Cleveland's first pro sports championship since 1964 - and helped the team to four straight Finals.

"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," Altman said in a statement.

"This is a different team equation, though, and one that we felt needed a different voice and approach that required this change."

Lue issued a statement in which he thanked team owner Dan Gilbert, former general manager David Griffin and Altman.

"My time here in Cleveland was truly special," Lue said.

"I am very grateful for the dedication, sacrifice and support of all the players on our team, the tremendous coaches I've worked with and of course, our incredible fans."

The 41-year-old Lue was two years into a five-year, $35 million contract he signed after Cleveland won the title. He went 128-83 as Cavs coach.

Drew filled in when Lue stepped aside for 10 games last season while dealing with chest pains, insomnia and anxiety.

Members of the Cavaliers' current roster J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye and Cedi Osman also took to social media to send their well-wishes to the departing Lue, but reaction was not restricted to current players.

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The dismissal of Lue was also met with widespread reaction in the NBA community.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers' players are reportedly furious after head coach Tyronn Lue was fired just six games into the NBA season. 

According to a report from The Athleticseveral members of the Cavaliers' roster are "pissed" after Lue and his assistant Damon Jones were relieved of their duties in the early hours of Monday morning, with assistant Larry Drew taking over as the team's interim head coach.

Lue was widely considered a players' coach during his three years as the coach of the Cavs, and his removal was met with widespread reaction from current and past members of the Cavaliers roster.

All-Star forward Kevin Love took to Instagram to send a heartfelt message to his recently-departed coach.

“You helped me see the big picture,” Love wrote.

“Life changing experiences and teaching points. Nothing but love and admiration. Know we will work towards something greater together again. THANK YOU.”

Former Cavaliers superstar LeBron James also addressed the move made by the Cavaliers' ownership with a post on Twitter.

“T Lue thanks for the memories and more importantly our partnership bringing a (championship) to that deserved city/fan base,” James tweeted.

“(You) know how to find me.”

The 0-6 Cavaliers are off to their worst start since losing their first seven games in the 1995/96 season without James, who left Cleveland this summer for the second time in his career and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent.

According to a report from The Athletic, Lue was at loggerheads with the Cavaliers' ownership over the general direction of the team since the beginning of training camp. 

The Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Koby Altman wanted playing time for the organisation's young players, while Lue wanted the team's veterans to still play a major role in order to bring young players along slowly, namely eighth overall pick Collin Sexton.

Lue guided the Cavaliers to an NBA title in 2016 - Cleveland's first pro sports championship since 1964 - and helped the team to four straight Finals.

"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," Altman said in a statement.

"This is a different team equation, though, and one that we felt needed a different voice and approach that required this change."

Lue issued a statement in which he thanked team owner Dan Gilbert, former general manager David Griffin and Altman.

"My time here in Cleveland was truly special," Lue said.

"I am very grateful for the dedication, sacrifice and support of all the players on our team, the tremendous coaches I've worked with and of course, our incredible fans."

The 41-year-old Lue was two years into a five-year, $35 million contract he signed after Cleveland won the title. He went 128-83 as Cavs coach.

Drew filled in when Lue stepped aside for 10 games last season while dealing with chest pains, insomnia and anxiety.

Members of the Cavaliers' current roster J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye and Cedi Osman also took to social media to send their well-wishes to the departing Lue, but reaction was not restricted to current players.

https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/1056580887574392832

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe18PGnD4P/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe1i2olX6M/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe2ZsSHRw-/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe0Io2BCcO/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe4wDvF7xf/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpfJBF1B-XQ/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpe3Z43HFK4/

The dismissal of Lue was also met with widespread reaction in the NBA community.

https://twitter.com/DavidZavac/status/1056564811625041920

https://twitter.com/DerekBodnerNBA/status/1056566849326989317

https://twitter.com/BenAxelrod/status/1056582881802416128

https://twitter.com/MikeLeslieWFAA/status/1056566171619725313

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