Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue is stepping away from the team for the time being due to chest pains and “other troubling symptoms.”
In a statement released earlier this morning, Lue said that despite going through an array of tests, he still does not know what is wrong. In addition to lingering symptoms, Lue also added that he has been losing sleep during this year’s season.
“While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team,” Lue said. “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.”
Associate head coach Larry Drew will assume head coaching duties in his absesne, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt. The person requested not to be named because, at the time, the announcement had not been made yet.
Lue said he hopes to develop a healthier routine so he can return back for this season to lead the cavaliers as he has been doing all year.
Lue did not coach the second half of Saturday’s game against Chicago due to an undisclosed illness.
“It doesn’t catch us off-guard because he’s been dealing with it for so long now,” James said. “But any time he doesn’t come back to the bench, it’s just an alarm going off, obviously.”
Lue sad he has the full support of the Cavaliers front office in this decision. The only goal here is simply to get healthy before he returns.
“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,” Lue’s statement said.