How Tyronn Lue Earned LeBron James’ Respect Will Definitely Surprise You



Tyronn Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers are coasting through the East Finals right now en route to another appearance in the NBA Finals. It took some bold moves by the Cavs brass in order to get the team to where they are today, including firing head coach David Blatt midway through the season despite the fact that he had the number one team in the East, but it seems to be working well for the Cavs now.

Though it is widely believed that the Cavaliers are LeBron’s team and Lue is essentially a silent figurehead, Lue actually maintains control over the superstar and the team as a whole. Here is how Lue initially earned James’ respect, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

“Lue changed that the moment he first told James in a huddle, ‘Shut the [expletive up]. I got this,’ according to a person who heard the exchange — and a few others like it. If Lue was going to get the stars and the role players to buy into the strategic changes he was determined to implement — play faster, space the floor, move the ball, take full advantage of Love’s versatility — he was going to have to restore order first. He did it in every way possible, starting with James — calling him out in film sessions, barking at him in practice, seizing control back. Only then could the Cavaliers evolve into the juggernaut we are witnessing now.”

Clearly James and the gang respect Lue and his ability to get the team under control. Their team chemistry seems to be off the charts right now and it’s a large reason why the are undefeated in the playoffs thus far.

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