Lue’s big week — from Cavs’ assistant to 2016 East All-Star head coach

Tyronn Lue being named to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars is the coaching equivalent of a player called up from the D-League on a 10-day contract suddenly being named a starter in the NBA’s annual showcase event.

Improbable as it sounds, Lue – who has been an NBA head coach for less than a week – will get to do in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on Feb. 14 what all-timers such as Jerry Sloan and Bill Fitch, and active veterans such as Dwane Casey and Terry Stotts, never have.

He and the Cleveland Cavaliers staff he inherited Thursday after taking over for fired David Blatt will be in charge, on the league’s biggest stage, of the East’s elite players.

Lue is 2-1 since replacing Blatt, and the most recent of those victories – a 115-93 victory over Phoenix Wednesday – left Cleveland with a 32-12, clinching the best mark in the conference through games played on Sunday, Jan. 31. That’s the cutoff by which the All-Star coaches are named.

Blatt was the coach of record for the Cavaliers’ first 41 games, but was fired with a 30-11 mark. Cleveland general manager David Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert came to believe, Griffin said, that the team wasn’t responding to Blatt in a way that would offer its best chance to win a championship this spring.

Earlier Wednesday, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich was tabbed to coach the West All-Stars, by virtue of the rule prohibiting a coach from making consecutive appearances in the event. Golden State’s Steve Kerr handled that duty in the 2015 game in New York.


  1. real nba fan says:

    30-11 record and the cavs owner and gm think he wont win a championship.they are a special kind of stupid last time i,checked 30-11 was a good record,and they were 1st how stupid can u be

  2. Raptor4Life says:

    Even if this is, by some weird contortion, technically within the rules…. to gift the coaching position to Lue is just plain wrong – and an insult to coaches past and present that have actually earned and are deserving of the reward. Thanks again LeBron for some more sports ‘entertainment’.

  3. You Gotta Be Kidding says:

    What a joke.

    Walton and Blatt should be coaching the All-Star game. Period.

  4. JC says:

    This is a joke. It should be the coach with the most wins in each conference. If Tyrone was smart (as Lebron claimed), he should have declined & let the NBA give the opportunity to Casey.

  5. Jack says:

    Lue, are you kidding me. Two games as head coach in the All Star Game.
    Something is wrong here. The NBA must explain this outrageous move. What are they thinking.

  6. Hack-a-Curry says:

    Ridiculous! They should have named Lebron coach of the east, he’s clearly the man in charge,

  7. UK Mike says:

    Walton has a better case for coaching the West than Lue has for the East!

  8. Dave says:

    Tyronn Lue coaching the All-Star game is more ridiculous than Hack-a-Shaq fouls being allowed to erode the game. Use some common sense and rectify both absurdities, Señor Silver.