Last season, when David Fizdale was relieved of his coaching duties by the Memphis Grizzlies, Tyronn Lue said he wasn’t worried about his own job, because “only bad coaches get fired.” Flash forward almost a year, and Lue now finds himself on the other end of that assertion. Was he a bad coach? Did he deserve more than six games to figure out how to make the Cavaliers competitive in a post LeBron landscape? And, was his sudden release more the result of his losing games… or losing a power struggle with his own front office?
To try and answer these questions and more, Nate, Tom and EG donned their headphones and hopped in the booth armed with their opinions, best guesses and possible conspiracy theories. We debate the reasons both real and imagined behind the jettisoning of the one coach in 60+ years to win a Championship in Cleveland, who his replacement might be (maybe or maybe not Larry Drew…), what course of action the Cavs should take going forward to either save or tank the season, and whether or not the owner isn’t just Lue-sin’ it… but lost it.
Overall, while we’ve all been critical in our own ways about Ty’s up and down tenure with the Cavs, we never enjoy seeing guys lose their jobs. No matter what, Lue was at the helm of the ship for the magical 2016 title… and nothing and no one can ever take that away.
Thanks Ty. We wish you the best.