Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue willdue to illness after leaving Saturday’s game, and at least one Cavalier isn’t surprised.
LeBron James spoke to the media on Monday, calling Lue’s absence “well overdue.”
“Um, I think it’s probably well overdue,” James told media on Monday, via Cleveland.com Cavs. “You know understanding what he’s been going through throughout this season so — obviously health is uh, the most important with everything. In life like, not surprised by it at all.”
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Tyrone Lue posted his statement about his leave of absence.
“I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is,” Lue said in his statement. “While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards.”
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman released a statement on behalf of the Cavaliers as well. He said the team plans on supporting Lue throughout his recovery process.
“We know how difficult these circumstances are for Coach Lue and we support him totally in this focused approach to addressing his health issues,” Altman said.