In an attempt to motivate his team to get back to Oakland and play a series-deciding Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue took $100 dollars from everyone on the team, including staff members, and hid the money in the Warriors visiting locker room ceiling.
On Twitter, Ohio radio personality Will Burge broke down the story of how Lue collected the cash.
From the way the story was told, it looks like everyone got their $100 back with the team asking where the money was after they came back from down 3-1 in the series and won the title. Lue even told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com that he gave the money “back to all the right people.”
However, all the right people didn’t include LeBron James, who told Vardon, “I’m still looking for my money. I didn’t get mine back.”
Considering James was the series MVP, you’d think that Lue would make it a point to make sure that he was first to get his cash back considering that it validated Lue’s ploy to motivate his team. On the flip side, James is probably the last player in the NBA hurting for an extra $100. Either way, no one likes losing a Benjamin, no matter the circumstance. I’m sure Lue will find a way to get James his money back, especially after signing a contract extension worth $35 million over the the next five years.