Last year, with David Blatt at the helm, the Cleveland Cavaliers made it to the NBA Finals. This year, through 41 games, the Cavs were 30-11, the best record in the Eastern Conference. However, that didn’t stop the team from firing Blatt and promoting assistant Tyronn Lue to head coach. Now, Cleveland is back in the NBA Finals, but, at the time, Lue was taken back a bit by the whole situation.
When general manager David Griffin called Lue and told him that Blatt had been fired, Lue’s response was simple and to the point: “This is f*cked up, Griff.”
Lue even tried to convince Griffin that firing Blatt was the wrong decision. But the horse was out of the barn, as they say, and when Griffin asked Lue if he could lead the team, Lue agreed in similarly pointed manner. “Yeah, I can f*cking lead this team.”
Do you want to hear Lue say f*ck one more time? You got it! Cleveland.com spoke to Lue about his promotion to head coach, and he went into a little more detail:
“I was like, ‘what the f*ck?’ That was my initial thought. I didn’t see it coming. I couldn’t believe it. But, you’re prepared because you’ve done the coaching interviews and you have your philosophies. But to fire the head coach and you take over the next day with no practice or anything and you have the Chicago Bulls coming in. It was overwhelming.
It may have been overwhelming for Lue, but he clearly got the hang of it, or the Cavaliers wouldn’t be in the fuc— in the NBA Finals. Now, it’s up to Lue to take it one step farther than Blatt could and bring the city of Cleveland a title.