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Tyronn Lue Taking Leave of Absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers May be the end for him

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It was announced today that Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence due to health issues, while Associate Head Coach, Larry Drew will replace him during this period. The news comes the day when the Cavs will again play a nationally televised game, this time against the Milwaukee Bucks, which leaves many to wonder whether the constant stress of coaching is catching up to him.

When Lue took over for David Blatt in 2016, I was impressed with the job he did in helping to turn around the dysfunctional Cavs that season en route to a world championship. However, two years later, that dysfunction has not subsided, and one can only speculate as to whether the uncertainty of LeBron James’ year-to-year destination, instability with upper management, and a complete roster overhaul has finally caught up to the young championship coach.

This year itself has to be one for the ages for any coach to be a part of. Every day seems to be a new story, and as previously mentioned, the majority of the games are televised and scrutinized by analysts on a daily basis. Lue, who I still believe is a very talented coach does not, and will not get the credit he deserves as long as LeBron James is a part of this team. The situation was the same for Miami Heat coach, Erik Spoelstra, whom many attributed the success to the loaded roster as opposed to the excellent offensive and defensive strategies he implemented then and even now.

The health issues Lue is experiencing may very well be due to poor eating habits, genetics, or some other factor. However, the toll this season has taken on him cannot be overstated, and if the Cavaliers expect to retain him, I don’t see how he and LeBron can coexist another year together.

Brandon Williams is the Editor in Chief for Fresh Sports TalkYou can follow him on Twitter @TalkinWithFresh, or “Like” him on Facebook.

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