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Tyronn Lues delicate balancing act showed he was up

Tyronn Lues delicate balancing act showed he was up
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Marco Scutaro Authentic Jersey CLEVELAND -- The first words David Griffin heard on the other end of the line when he made an outgoing call to Los Angeles during his coaching search in the summer of 2014 caught him off-guard. "Thank god," said Doc Rivers, the Clippers' coach, upon fielding the call from the Cleveland Cavaliers' general manager. What a strange greeting, Griffin thought. Then Rivers continued on in his gravelly voice. "Because I had a strong opinion of you," Rivers said, "and if you didn't call me about Ty, it'd be clear that you have no clue what you're doing." "Ty," of course, was Tyronn Lue, one of Rivers' assistants who was on the Cavs' radar. Griffin, as part of an exhaustive mission to replace Mike Brown, included Lue in his pool of candidates that was a diverse group. There were assistants like Lue and Adrian Griffin; a Cleveland favorite in Mark Price; former head coaches Alvin Gentry, Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and Lionel Hollins; college coaches John Calipari, Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie; and the man who eventually got the job, David Blatt, a legend overseas. http://www.officialsanfranciscogiantsshops.com/WOMENS-MARCO-SCUTARO-JERSEY.html Lue joined Blatt on the Cavs' staff as the highest-paid assistant in league history, a record four-year, $6.5 million deal. Not only was Lue well compensated, but he was empowered by Blatt to take charge of the team's defense and encouraged by the organization to help Blatt with the nuances of the NBA game that are different from basketball in Europe (i.e. when to use a timeout versus when to wait for a scheduled break in the action for a television commercial). As it became apparent to Cavs management over the past month that the team was not responding to Blatt with the coach-player dynamic expected in what was supposed to be a championship culture, Lue was the clear choice as a replacement. Had the team made a coaching change last summer, a league source told ESPN.com, there would have been heavy consideration for Tom Thibodeau. But 41 games into the season, after witnessing Lue continue to straddle the nearly impossible line of being a loyal assistant to Blatt while growing organic connections to the team's stars, management felt there was no one else more qualified to take the team where it wanted to go. A 'gamer' who can relate to stars "Man, he's a gamer," said James Jones. "Ty lives and breathes this game." Jimmy Butler Black Jersey Jones is one of six players on the Cavs' roster with more than 10 years of NBA experience. Lue carved out an 11-year NBA career himself as a journeyman point guard, averaging 8.5 points and 3.1 assists while playing for seven teams. Jones was the player charged with gathering the players on their off day to the Cavs' practice facility on Friday to inform them of the coaching decision. Rather than make 14 phone calls to spread the news, Griffin told Jones and knew he would take care of it. "He's a magician like that," Griffin said. Within 45 minutes, 13 players reported to Independence, Ohio, to hear about the franchise's change of fate (one unidentified player did not make it, as he left his phone in his car while he was inside his house). Lue retired from playing in 2009, so those half dozen Cavs veterans had all competed against him at one time or another. He and Richard Jefferson, in fact, were teammates for a season in Milwaukee. "He's extremely detail-oriented," Jones said. "He can tell you anything and everything about every player he played against. He's perceptive. And I think that's why he was able to be successful in all the various situations he was in. Good teams, bad teams, leadership role, major minutes, support [role], as an assistant coach and as an associate head coach. So, I just know that, even when you talk about his personal life, nothing is more important than the game. And that's what's so respected about him." While Lue was far from a star, never averaging more than 13.5 points in a season, his path was star-crossed. He was teammates with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal with the Los Angeles Lakers and was coached by Phil Jackson. He played alongside Michael Jordan for His Airness' final two seasons in Washington. He later teamed with the likes of Tracy McGrady, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Howard. http://www.officialbullsonlineshop.com/Authentic-Jimmy-Butler-Jersey He always had an ability to relate to the marquee guys, even when they were on the other side. Maybe it was because they saw Lue across from them -- listed generously at 6-foot, 175 pounds -- with his passion being really the only thing fueling his place in the league, and it made them want to work harder to get the most out of the physical attributes and skills bestowed upon them. LeBron James was one of those opponents who couldn't help but gravitate to Lue. "We've been friends since I was 17 years old," James said.

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