LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a bit of a freefall right now, and some people think the answer might be getting rid of coach Tyronn Lue.
The Cavs got rocked at home on Saturday afternoon to the tune of 148 points scored against them by the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the most the Cavs had given up since 1972, and gave critics of an already-beleaguered defense even more ammunition in a fight where those most skeptical of the 2017-18 Cavs claim they’re simply not a Championship-caliber team.
So how does LeBron James feel about a coaching change? Well, he addressed that on Saturday, and while he said he “would hope” Lue sticks around, he also said he doesn’t know what the future holds for the franchise in a statement that wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of Lue.
“I would hope not, but really don’t know,” James said when asked about a coaching change. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play”
That’s a long way from saying Lue should stay with the Cavs. For as much as James didn’t say Lue should be fired, oftentimes a non-endorsement is as bad as condemnation in these cases.