It’s been a whirlwind week for Tyronn Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After David Blatt was fired on Friday, the organization announced that Lue had signed a three-year contract to become Cleveland’s new head coach. Then on Wednesday, the league named Lue the coach of the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Here’s more from the official press release, via NBA.com:
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and his staff will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, to be televised by TNT at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The Cavaliers (32-12, .727) clinched the best record in the conference through games played on Sunday, Jan. 31, by virtue of their 115-93 win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 27.
Prior to the announcement, there had been a great deal of speculation about who would helm the team, given the upheaval surrounding the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed. Lue himself even awkwardly suggested that Blatt should still be allowed to coach the game in Toronto given the team’s success this season.
The Western Conference had its own controversy surrounding this topic since Warrior’s interim coach Luke Walton had been filling in for Steve Kerr while he recovered from an illness that’s kept him sidelined all season, although that was resolved when Gregg Popovich was named coach of the West All-Stars on Wednesday.