New Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and former Cavs coach David Blatt were not longtime coaching partners. Lue never played under Blatt in his active career, and he never acted as an assistant on Blatt’s bench prior to last season. He was as associate head coach after the Cavaliers considered him as the lead man prior to hiring Blatt 19 months ago, and Cleveland made him the league’s highest-paid assistant.
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This was not a decades-long relationship, merely a brief, professional one. A relationship that ended on Friday as the Cavaliers fired Blatt prior to making Lue its full-time head coach.
Lue met the media on Saturday, and he hardly sanguine in discussing the switchover. From Dave McMenamin at ESPN:
Asked what he would do "differently" than Blatt, Lue replied, "I'm not going to say 'differently.' I will say do some things 'better.'"
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