Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Jamar Lue (born May 3, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 175 lb (79 kg) point guard was selected out of the University of Nebraska by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft.

Lue opted for early entry into the 1998 NBA Draft. He was selected 23rd overall by the Denver Nuggets but was traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers with Tony Battie in exchange for Nick Van Exel. His first three years with the Lakers were disappointing. His playing time was limited and he suffered from injuries in 2000. However, Lue excelled in the 2001 playoffs. Due to his quickness, he was specifically used to guard Allen Iverson during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers would lose Game 1, but would sweep the next four games and go on to get a 4–1 series victory over Iverson’s 76ers, giving them the second of three consecutive titles.

In the off-season of 2001, Lue signed with the Washington Wizards, where he got considerably more playing time and subsequently became a better point guard. He played with the Orlando Magic in 2003–04 where he got to play a lot of minutes alongside Tracy McGrady, however the team had the worst record in the NBA that season: 21–61. After the season Lue, along with Juwan Howard and McGrady were traded to the Houston Rockets for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato. In Houston, Lue did not get much playing time because of the number of point guards the Rockets had on their roster. He was traded mid-season to the Atlanta Hawks for Jon Barry. Lue starred in Atlanta, although again his team had the worst record in the NBA and their worst record in franchise history: 13–69.

On February 16, 2008, Lue was acquired by the Sacramento Kings in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks. He was waived by the Kings on February 28, 2008. After clearing waivers, Lue signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks on March 4.

On July 17, 2008, Lue was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks.

On February 5, 2009, Lue was traded back to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Keith Bogans and cash considerations.

After his playing career ended in 2009, Lue became Director of Basketball Development for the Boston Celtics. In 2014, he was hired by the Cavaliers as associate head coach and was promoted to head coach midseason in 2015-16, replacing the fired David Blatt. That same season, Lue led the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship and became one of the few rookie coaches in the NBA to ever lead his team to a title.

At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Lue was named Best Coach/Manager, and the Cavs were named Best Team.

On January 22, 2016, Lue was named head coach of the Cavaliers immediately following the mid-season firing of Blatt. The contract was for three years.

On May 19, 2016, the Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, continuing their unbeaten streak in the 2016 playoffs and making Lue the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 postseason games. Eight days later, Lue led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in his first year of coaching, thus being one of the few coaches to ever make it to the NBA Finals after replacing a head coach during the regular season. On June 19, 2016, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, with Lue becoming the second rookie coach in consecutive seasons to win it all, the third person to become champion as a mid-season replacement coach (after Paul Westhead in 1979–80, and Pat Riley in 1981–82, also his rookie coaching season), and the 14th person to win an NBA championship as a head coach and player.

At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Lue was named Best Coach/Manager, and the Cavs were named Best Team.

In honor of his achievements, a portion of Walnut Street in Lue’s hometown of Mexico, Missouri was renamed Tyronn Lue Boulevard.[13]

In the 2016–17 NBA season, Lue coached the Cavaliers to a 51–31 record. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers went 12–1 heading into the 2017 NBA Finals before stumbling to the Golden State Warriors in five games.


Career highlights and awards
As player:

2× NBA champion (2000, 2001)
First-team All-Big 12 (1998)
Second-team All-Big 12 (1997)
As coach:

NBA champion (2016)
All-Star Game head coach (2016)
Career NBA statistics
Points 4,710 (8.5 ppg)
Rebounds 943 (1.7 rpg)
Assists 1,727 (3.1 apg)