Tyronn Lue’s tenure in Cleveland is over.
The Cavaliers have fired their head coach after a winless start to the season, the team announced Sunday, adding that associate head coach Larry Drew has been promoted to interim coach.
Cavs make Head Coaching change → https://t.co/7TXrJ0oCmw
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) October 28, 2018
Cavs general manager Koby Altman said the choice was not made lightly, saying “this is a different team equation” that he felt “needed a different voice and approach that required this change” as a result.
“This was a very difficult decision. It is especially so, considering Coach Lue’s time with us over the last four years, including four straight trips to the NBA Finals,” Altman said.
“We have respect and great admiration for Ty, not only as a coach, but a person. We thank him for the many ways he has contributed to our success, wish him the best and he will always be remembered for leading a very special Cavs team back against the odds to win the title in 2016.
Lue released a statement later Sunday as he reflected on his time with the team.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) October 28, 2018
“My time here in Cleveland was truly special,” Lue said. “I am very grateful for the dedication, sacrifice, and support of all the players on our team, the tremendos coaches I worked with and of course, our incredible fans. Lastly, deep thanks to Dan Gilbert, David Griffin and Koby Altman for the opportunity over the last three year and I only with the organization success moving forward.”
Lue, 41, went 128-83 in his three years at the helm as he guided the team to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and a championship in 2016. However, the departures of superstars Kyrie Irving in August 2017 and LeBron James this summer have left a significant void.
The Cavs (0-6) are slated to host the Hawks (2-3) at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.