During Saturday’s game in Chicago, the 40-year-old head coach had to leave the game early due to feeling chest pain.
This morning, Tyronn Lue released a statement regarding his health status and if he will return to coaching:
“After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season.
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.
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.
I greatly appreciate Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, our medical team and the organization’s support throughout.”
Minutes later, the owner of the team released this statement,
“We know how difficult these circumstances are for Coach Lue and we support him totally in this focused approach to addressing his health issues.”
In three seasons as Cavaliers head coach, Lue has coached 192 games and have a record of 118-74. With a championship during 2016-2017. In Cleveland’s history, he ranks 4th all time as Cleveland’s head coach. Lary Drew will take over in Lue’s absence.