Tyronn Lue

Tyronn “Ty” Jamar Lue (/tɪˈrɒn ˈljuː/, born May 3, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He last served as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

A former point guard, Lue played college basketball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers before being selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft with the 23rd overall pick. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers shortly thereafter. As a member of the Lakers, Lue won two NBA championships in his first three seasons.

After his playing career ended in 2009, Lue become Director of Basketball Development for the Boston Celtics.[1] In 2014, he was hired by the Cavaliers as associate head coach. Lue was promoted to head coach during the 2015–2016 season, replacing the fired David Blatt.[2] That same season, Lue coached the Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA championship and became one of the few rookie coaches in the NBA to ever lead his team to a title. Lue coached the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons; in both seasons, the Cavs were defeated by the Golden State Warriors. Lue was terminated by Cleveland in October 2018.

Tyronn Lue
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Lue with the Cavaliers in 2016
Personal information
BornMay 3, 1977 (age 41)
Mexico, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolRaytown (Raytown, Missouri)
CollegeNebraska (1995–1998)
NBA draft1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1998–2009
PositionPoint guard
Number10
Coaching career2009–present
Career history
As player:
19982001Los Angeles Lakers
20012003Washington Wizards
2003–2004Orlando Magic
2004Houston Rockets
20042008Atlanta Hawks
2008Dallas Mavericks
2008–2009Milwaukee Bucks
2009Orlando Magic
As coach:
20112013Boston Celtics (assistant)
2013–2014Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
20142016Cleveland Cavaliers (associate HC)
20162018Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points4,710 (8.5 ppg)
Rebounds943 (1.7 rpg)
Assists1,727 (3.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Playing career

High school and college career

Lue graduated from Raytown Senior High School in Raytown, Missouri.[3] He later attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he played basketball and studied sociology. Lue was a key member of the 1995-96 team that won the NIT, defeating St. Joseph's in the finals.[4] He finished his Nebraska career ranked third all-time in assists (432), fourth in three-pointers made (145) and attempted (407), fifth in steals (154) and seventh in scoring (1,577). Lue led the Cornhuskers in assists in each of his three seasons and finished his career tied with Dave Hoppen for most games with 30 or more points (7). He declared for the NBA draft after his junior season.

NBA career

Lue opted for early entry into the 1998 NBA draft. He was selected 23rd overall by the Denver Nuggets but was traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers with Tony Battie in exchange for Nick Van Exel. His first three years with the Lakers were disappointing. His playing time was limited and he suffered from injuries in 2000. But Lue excelled in the 2001 playoffs. Due to his quickness, he was specifically used to guard Allen Iverson during Game 1 of the Finals. The Lakers lost Game 1, but swept the next four games, giving them the second of three consecutive titles.

In the off-season of 2001, Lue signed with the Washington Wizards, where he got considerably more playing time and subsequently became a better point guard. He played with the Orlando Magic in 2003–04 and had a lot of minutes alongside Tracy McGrady, but the team had the worst record in the NBA that season: 21–61. After the season concluded, Lue, McGrady, Juwan Howard, and Reece Gaines were traded to the Houston Rockets for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato. In Houston, Lue saw a notable decrease in playing time due to the overabundance of point guards on the Rockets' roster, and was subsequently traded mid-season to the Atlanta Hawks for Jon Barry. Lue starred in Atlanta, although again his team had the worst record in the NBA and their worst record in franchise history: 13–69.

On February 16, 2008, Lue was acquired by the Sacramento Kings in a trade with the Hawks. He was waived by the Kings on February 28, 2008. After clearing waivers, Lue signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks on March 4.[5]

On July 17, 2008, Lue was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks.[6]

On February 5, 2009, Lue was traded back to the Magic in exchange for Keith Bogans and cash considerations.[7] In his final year as an NBA player, the Dwight Howard-led Magic advanced to the 2009 Finals but lost to Lue's former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Coaching career

On October 23, 2009, the Boston Celtics named Lue director of basketball development.[1] In July 2013, he joined the Los Angeles Clippers' coaching staff.[8] On June 23, 2014, Lue joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as associate head coach, becoming the highest-paid assistant coach in the NBA. Lue had been a top candidate for the Cavs' head coaching job, which eventually went to David Blatt.[9]

On January 22, 2016, Lue was named head coach of the Cavaliers immediately following the mid-season firing of Blatt.[10] He was signed to a three-year contract.[2] Lue coached the Cavs to an NBA championship that spring. In May, the Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, continuing their unbeaten streak in the 2016 playoffs and making Lue the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 postseason games.[11] Eight days later, Lue led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, becoming one of the few coaches to reach the Finals after becoming head coach in midseason. On June 19, 2016, the Cavaliers won their first-ever NBA Championship. Lue became the second rookie head coach in two years to win the title, the third head coach (along with Paul Westhead in 1979–80 and Pat Riley in 1981–82) to win a championship after becoming head coach in midseason, and the 14th person to have won an NBA championship as a head coach and as a player.[12][13]

In the 2016–17 NBA season, Lue coached the Cavaliers to a 51–31 record. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers went 12–1 heading into the 2017 NBA Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games.

On March 19, 2018, Lue announced that he would take a leave of absence from coaching the Cavaliers, citing recurrent chest pain.[14] Lue returned to coach before the regular season ended and helped the Cavaliers reach the 2018 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Warriors in four games.

Lue's coaching style in Cleveland relied on flexibility and LeBron James's consistency; he shuffled players around James to adjust to matchups. In 2016, his Finals team followed the Warriors' own blueprint to beat them. Lue's style was described as undisciplined and unprepared in the regular season, but in the playoffs, he has been praised for his ability to "think several moves ahead and create matchup advantages".[15] At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Lue was named Best Coach/Manager and the Cavs were named Best Team.

On October 28, 2018, the Cavaliers fired Lue after a 0–6 start of the season.[16] Afterwards, Lue worked in an informal role with head coach Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers.[17]

NBA career statistics

Playing statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Denotes seasons in which Lue won an NBA championship
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 L.A. Lakers 15 0 12.5 .431 .438 .571 .4 1.7 .3 .0 5.0
1999–2000 L.A. Lakers 8 0 18.3 .487 .500 .750 1.5 2.1 .4 .0 6.0
2000–01 L.A. Lakers 38 1 12.3 .427 .324 .792 .8 1.2 .5 .0 3.4
2001–02 Washington 71 0 20.5 .427 .447 .762 1.7 3.5 .7 .0 7.8
2002–03 Washington 75 24 26.5 .433 .341 .875 2.0 3.5 .6 .0 8.6
2003–04 Orlando 76 69 30.7 .433 .383 .771 2.5 4.2 .8 .1 10.5
2004–05 Houston 21 3 22.8 .393 .333 .778 1.9 2.8 .4 .0 6.0
2004–05 Atlanta 49 46 31.2 .464 .364 .871 2.2 5.4 .5 .0 13.5
2005–06 Atlanta 51 10 24.2 .459 .457 .855 1.6 3.1 .5 .1 11.0
2006–07 Atlanta 56 17 26.6 .416 .348 .883 1.9 3.6 .4 .0 11.4
2007–08 Atlanta 33 3 17.1 .439 .435 .857 1.2 1.8 .3 .0 6.8
2007–08 Dallas 17 0 10.1 .474 .529 .250 .8 .9 .0 .1 3.8
2008–09 Milwaukee 30 0 13.1 .454 .467 .750 1.2 1.5 .2 .0 4.7
2008–09 Orlando 14 0 9.2 .395 .353 .667 .8 1.0 .1 .0 3.0
Career 554 173 22.7 .437 .391 .829 1.7 3.1 .5 .0 8.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 L.A. Lakers 3 0 11.0 .412 .000 .000 .7 2.0 .7 .0 4.7
2001 L.A. Lakers 15 0 8.7 .345 .385 .800 .7 .7 .8 .1 1.9
2008 Dallas 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .5 .0 .0 .0
2009 Orlando 1 0 4.0 1.000 1.000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
Career 21 0 8.1 .388 .375 .800 .6 .8 .7 .0 2.3

Coaching statistics

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Awards and honors

As player:

As coach:

Personal life

Lue is a cousin to NBA small forward Jayson Tatum. As a native of St. Louis, Tatum grew up within two hours of Lue's hometown of Mexico, Missouri and often attended his family barbecues.[19]

References

  1. ^ a b Celtics Name Tyronn Lue Director of Basketball Development
  2. ^ a b "David Blatt fired as Cavaliers coach; Tyronn Lue to take over team". ESPN. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  3. ^ https://www.kshb.com/sports/former-raytown-high-school-student-now-an-nba-title-winning-coach
  4. ^ http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=22&SPID=24&DB_OEM_ID=100&Q_SEASON=1995
  5. ^ Mavs sign free agent Lue to be backup point guard
  6. ^ Bucks sign Tyronn Lue and Malik Allen
  7. ^ ORLANDO ACQUIRES TYRONN LUE FROM MILWAUKEE
  8. ^ CLIPPERS NAME ALVIN GENTRY ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH AND ADD ARMOND HILL, KEVIN EASTMAN AND TYRONN LUE AS ASSISTANT COACHES
  9. ^ Cavs hire Lue – 92.3 The Fan.com
  10. ^ Fedor, Chris (January 22, 2016). "David Blatt fired by Cleveland Cavaliers; Tyronn Lue elevated to head coach". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Matthey, James (May 20, 2016). "LeBron James and co racked up some crazy stats in their game two win over the Raptors". news.com.au. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  12. ^ Vogel, Brandon (June 20, 2016). "Hot Reads: Tryonn". Hail Varsity. Archived from the original on June 21, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  13. ^ Matthey, James (June 20, 2016). "Cavaliers defeat Warriors 93-89, clinch first NBA title". MEREDITHAZ. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Boren, Cindy (March 19, 2018). "Cavaliers' Tyronn Lue takes leave of absence with just 13 games left, citing health issues". Washington Post. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Tjarks, Jonathan. Tyronn Lue Is Running Circles Around Dwane Casey, The Ringer, May 4, 2018
  16. ^ "Cavaliers Make Coaching Change". NBA.com. October 28, 2018. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  17. ^ https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2811290-tyronn-lue-brought-in-by-doc-rivers-clippers-for-informal-role-with-team
  18. ^ Tyronn Lue Blvd. - Mexico Ledger.com
  19. ^ McMenamin, Dave (May 10, 2018). "Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue proud to see cousin Jayson Tatum succeeding with Boston Celtics". ESPN.

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2000–01 Los Angeles Lakers season

The 2000–01 NBA season was the Lakers' 53rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 41st in the city of Los Angeles. The Lakers entered the season as the defending NBA champions, having defeated the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA Finals in six games, winning their twelfth NBA championship. During the offseason, the Lakers acquired Horace Grant from the Seattle SuperSonics. Grant won three championships with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. The team also signed free agent Isaiah Rider, who was released by the Atlanta Hawks the previous season due to off the court troubles. The Lakers won their final eight games finishing the regular season with a 56–26 record, and won the Pacific Division over the rival Sacramento Kings by one game. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal were both selected for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game, but O'Neal did not play due to an injury. The Lakers clinched the #2 seed in the playoffs.

In the playoffs, the Lakers swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, swept the Kings in the semifinals, then swept the top–seeded San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. They went on to win the NBA Finals 4–1 against the Philadelphia 76ers, earning the franchise its 13th NBA championship. It was the second of the Lakers' three-peat championships to begin the millennium. The Lakers would finish with the then-best postseason record in NBA history, posting a 15–1 record, suffering their only loss in a Game 1 overtime loss to the 76ers in the NBA Finals. That record would last for 16 years until the Golden State Warriors went 16–1 in the 2017 playoffs.

Following the season, Grant re-signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, Rider signed with the Denver Nuggets, Tyronn Lue signed with the Washington Wizards and Ron Harper retired.

2001 NBA Finals

The 2001 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2000–01 season. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers took on the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia 76ers for the championship, with the Lakers holding home-court advantage in a best-of-seven format.

The Lakers won the series 4 games to 1. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal was named the Most Valuable Player of the series.

Allen Iverson scored 48 points in his only NBA Finals victory, as the 76ers took Game 1 107–101 in overtime, handing the Lakers their only loss of the playoffs. However, the Lakers went on to win the next four games, despite being out-shot and out-rebounded in the series. Los Angeles punished Philadelphia with their three-point shooting, which was the key to this series. In Game 3 Robert Horry hit a three-point shot in the last minute, and in the next two games the Lakers used hot 3-point shooting to build big leads and hold off late 76ers comeback attempts in games 4 and 5, pulling away for double-digit wins to capture the title.

2001–02 Washington Wizards season

The 2001–02 NBA season was the Wizards' 41st season in the National Basketball Association. After finishing 19–63 the previous season, the Wizards won the Draft Lottery and selected high school star Kwame Brown with the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. This season marked the return of All-Star guard Michael Jordan, who came out of his retirement to play for the Wizards. The team also signed free agent Tyronn Lue, who previously won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Under new head coach Doug Collins, the Wizards struggled with a 2–9 start, but then posted a nine-game winning streak in December holding a 26–21 record before the All-Star break. However, they lost 24 of their final 35 games finishing the season fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 37–45 record, which was an 18-game improvement. However, they still missed the playoffs even with the help of Jordan, who was selected for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game. Brown failed to live up to expectations only playing limited minutes off the bench.

Following the season, Richard Hamilton was traded along with Hubert Davis to the Detroit Pistons, Chris Whitney was traded to the Denver Nuggets, second-year guard Courtney Alexander was dealt to the New Orleans Hornets and Tyrone Nesby was released.

2002–03 Washington Wizards season

The 2002–03 NBA season was the Wizards' 42nd season in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Wizards acquired All-Star guard Jerry Stackhouse from the Detroit Pistons and signed free agents Larry Hughes, Bryon Russell and Charles Oakley. The Wizards got off to a 6–4 start to the season, but then struggled losing six straight games afterwards. The team finished fifth in the Atlantic Division with a 37–45 record, which was the same as the previous season. This marked the final season for All-Star guard Michael Jordan, who retired for the third and final time. He also made his final All-Star appearance in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. Also following the season, Russell signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers, Tyronn Lue signed with the Orlando Magic, and Oakley was released.

2003–04 Orlando Magic season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the 15th season for the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Magic signed free agents Juwan Howard and Tyronn Lue. Injuries hamstrung the Magic from the start of the season as Grant Hill missed the entire season recovering from ankle surgery, while Pat Garrity was lost after just two games with a knee injury. The Magic started the season with an 85–83 win on the road against the New York Knicks. However, their season would go straight down right after as they lost their next 19 games costing head coach Doc Rivers his job. With replacement Johnny Davis taking over, the Magic never recovered from their losing streak as they lost thirteen straight near the end of the season, finishing last place in the Atlantic Division with a league-worst 21–61 record, the franchise's worst record since 1991–92.

The season is notable for Tracy McGrady leading the league in scoring for the second straight time, averaging 28.0 points per game while being selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. Following the season, McGrady was traded along with Howard, Lue and Reece Gaines to the Houston Rockets, and second-year forward Drew Gooden was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2004–05 Atlanta Hawks season

The 2004–05 NBA season was the Hawks' 56th season in the National Basketball Association, and 37th season in Atlanta. It was their first season under new head coach Mike Woodson. Despite the offseason acquisitions of All-Star forward Antoine Walker from the Dallas Mavericks, Al Harrington from the Indiana Pacers and re-signing free agent Kevin Willis, the Hawks were not expected to be any good heading into the season posting an awful 2–12 record in November. As the season progressed, the team acquired Tyronn Lue from the Houston Rockets. At midseason, Walker was eventually traded back to the Boston Celtics for All-Star guard Gary Payton, who was released and then re-signed with the Celtics.

Meanwhile, the Hawks went from bad to worse losing 32 of their final 35 games, posting 13 and 14-game losing streaks respectively on their way to finishing with a league worst record at 13–69 (.159), which was their worst winning percentage in franchise history. Despite their awful season, rookie Josh Smith won the Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star Weekend in Denver. Both Smith and top draft pick Josh Childress made the All-Rookie Second Team. Following the season, Willis retired after playing in his second stint with the Hawks.

For the season, the Hawks added yellow alternate road uniforms which would last until 2007.

2007–08 Atlanta Hawks season

The 2007–08 NBA season was the Atlanta Hawks' 59th season in the National Basketball Association, and 40th season in Atlanta. After missing the playoffs for eight straight seasons, the Hawks selected Al Horford out of the University of Florida with the third pick in the 2007 NBA draft. The Hawks started out the season by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 101–94 in their season opener, marking the first time they won their first game of the season since the 1999 lockout season. However, their struggles continued as they went on a six-game losing streak around the All-Star break. At midseason, the Hawks traded Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright, Anthony Johnson and second-year forward Shelden Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Mike Bibby. The Hawks finished third in the Southeast Division with a 37–45 record, and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Joe Johnson was selected for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, and Horford made the All-Rookie First Team. In the first round of the playoffs, they lost to the top-seeded Boston Celtics in seven games. With their 37-45 (0.451) record, the 2008 Hawks are the worst team record-wise to push an eventual NBA Champion to an elimination game. Coincidentally, the Hawks in 2014 would be the 8th seed at 38-44 and take the top seeded conference finalist Indiana Pacers to a 7 game series. Following the season, Josh Childress left to play overseas.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

The 2007 NBA draft took place in New York City on June 28.

The free agency period began in July.

2008–09 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 2008–09 Milwaukee Bucks season is the 41st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.

Golden State, which earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead in the series while recording the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded with a 120–90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.

For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals were played in a Thursday–Sunday–Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both teams, which have to travel from one city to another during the series. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.

The win by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic comeback. James had a historically great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. James' heroics coupled with the suspense of Cleveland's comeback have led many sports critics to deem the 2016 NBA Finals as one of the most exciting in NBA history.

2017–18 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2017–18 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 48th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Cavaliers entered the season as runners-up in the 2017 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in five games. This was the Cavaliers' first season without Kyrie Irving since the 2010–2011 season, as he was traded to the Boston Celtics during the offseason per his request.

The Cavaliers clinched their playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season since LeBron James' return to Cleveland for the 2014–15 season. In the playoffs, the Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers in seven games in the First Round, then swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in four games in the Semifinals, before finally defeating the Boston Celtics in seven games in the Conference Finals. Cleveland reached the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, but were swept by the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in four games, the first Finals sweep that occurred since 2007, which coincidentally, the LeBron-led Cavs were also swept, by the San Antonio Spurs. It was the fourth year in a row the two teams had faced off in the Finals, and the eighth consecutive season in which James had made it to the championship round. It was also James' final season with the Cavaliers, as he opted out of his contract during the subsequent offseason and again left the Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, his second time leaving his hometown team after doing so in 2010 to join the Miami Heat.With the loss in the Finals for the second consecutive year, the Cavaliers had become the first team since the then-New Jersey Nets in 2003, the team led by Hall of Famer Jason Kidd, to lose back-to-back Finals.

As of 2018, this marked the last season the Cavaliers made the playoffs.

2018 NBA Finals

The 2018 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2017–18 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs. In this best-of-seven playoff, the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors swept the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 0. This Finals was the first time in any of North America's four major professional sports leagues that the same two teams met for the championship four years in a row. This was also the first time that a team was swept in the NBA Finals since 2007, in which the Cavaliers were also the losing team. LeBron James, in his eighth consecutive NBA Finals appearance, suffered the second Finals sweep of his career, having also played in the 2007 NBA Finals. Kevin Durant was named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight year.

The Warriors had home-court advantage in the series since they had a better regular season record of 58–24, compared to the Cavaliers 50–32. Entering the Finals matchup, the Warriors were also noted by various sports media outlets as one of the biggest NBA Finals favorites in recent history. This was the first time since 2012 that the Finals did not feature either of the top seeds in each conference. The 2018 Finals began on May 31 and ended on June 8. The series was sponsored by the Internet television service YouTube TV and officially known as the 2018 NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV. The series broke the record set by the 2014 NBA Finals (also with LeBron James on the losing end) for highest average scoring differential per game (15.0) for an NBA Finals series.

2018–19 Cleveland Cavaliers season

The 2018–19 Cleveland Cavaliers season was the 49th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Cavaliers entered the season as runners-up in the 2018 NBA Finals, in which they were swept by the Golden State Warriors in four games, the first Finals sweep since 2007, in which the Cavs were also swept, by the San Antonio Spurs.LeBron James was not on the roster for the first time since 2013–14, as he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason as a free agent.On October 28, 2018, the Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue after a 0–6 start (the worst start for a team coming off the NBA Finals) and replaced him on the interim basis with his assistant Larry Drew, who would become permanent coach on November 5.Without LeBron James, as with the 2010–11 season (James' first departure from Cleveland), the Cavaliers struggled to find a solid identity, ranking in the bottom 10 in all of points per game, opponent points per game, pace, offensive rating, and defensive rating. They finished at 19–63, the 3rd worst record in the league (second worst in the Eastern Conference) and their worst season since 2010-11 (coincidentally, they finished with the same record as they did the first season after LeBron James' first departure from Cleveland). This is also the Cavs' first losing season since the 2013–14 season. They are, however, one of three teams that have equal odds for the top three draft picks in the upcoming 2019 NBA draft due to reformed lottery rules implemented earlier this season, the other two being the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns.

LUE

LUE may refer to:

Lue, a boy / man name from Norse religion, becoming popular in Scandinavia

Tyronn Lue (born 1977), American professional basketball player

Dai Lue (or Tai Lue), one of the 56 recognized ethnic groups of China

Donald De Lue (1897–1988), American sculptor

Life, the Universe and Everything, a book by Douglas Adams

Linlyn Lue, Canadian actress

Lue Gim Gong (1859–1925), Chinese horticulturalist

Lue, New South Wales, a small town in Australia

Lue people, an ethnic group of Laos

New Tai Lue, an alphabet used to write the Tai Lü language

Shong Lue Yang (1929–1971), Hmong spiritual leader and inventor of the Pahawh Script

LUE, the IATA airport code for Lučenec Airport

Larry Drew

Larry Donnell Drew (born April 2, 1958) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The point guard played college basketball for the Missouri Tigers before being selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1980 NBA draft with the 17th overall pick. He played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. In 1988–89, Drew played in the Italian League with Scavolini.In his NBA career, Drew played in 714 games and scored a total of 8,110 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1982–83 season as a member of the Kings, appearing in 75 games and averaging 20.1 points, 8.1 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.He was named to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

List of Cleveland Cavaliers head coaches

The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team joined the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team and won their first Eastern Conference championship in 2007. The Cavaliers have played their home games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, formerly known as Quicken Loans Arena and Gund Arena, since 1994. The Cavaliers are owned by Dan Gilbert, with Koby Altman as their general manager. American R&B-pop singer Usher Raymond is a minority owner.There have been 21 head coaches for the Cavaliers franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Bill Fitch, who coached for nine seasons. Fitch is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (738); Lenny Wilkens is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season game wins (316); Mike Brown is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (71), the most playoff-game wins (42), and the highest regular-season winning percentage (.620). Chuck Daly and Wilkens are the only Cavaliers coaches to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Fitch and Daly were also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. Fitch and Brown are the only Cavaliers coaches to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award. Don Delaney spent his entire NBA coaching careers with the Cavaliers.

List of NBA championship head coaches

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a major professional basketball league in North America. It was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–50 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL). The league consists of 30 teams, of which 29 are located in the United States and one in Canada. In the NBA, a head coach is the highest ranking coach of a coaching staff. They typically hold a more public profile and are paid more than the assistant coaches.

Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson won eleven NBA championships, the most in NBA history. He won six titles with the Chicago Bulls and five titles with the Lakers, and is the only coach who has won multiple championships with more than one team. Red Auerbach won nine championships with the Boston Celtics and won eight consecutive titles from 1959 to 1966. John Kundla, Pat Riley, and current San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich have each won five championships. Kundla won all of his titles with the Lakers, and Popovich has won all of his titles with the Spurs, while Riley won four titles with the Lakers and one with the Miami Heat. Current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has won three championships, while current Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has won two titles. Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue are the only other active coaches who have won a championship, Rivers having won while with the Boston Celtics in 2008.

Of the championship head coaches, 14 (Auerbach, Larry Brown, Carlisle, Bill Fitch, Tom Heinsohn, Red Holzman, Jackson, Dick Motta, Popovich, Riley, Kerr, Rivers, Bill Sharman, and Lenny Wilkens) have won the Coach of the Year Award. 12 (Auerbach, Brown, Chuck Daly, Alex Hannum, Heinsohn, Holzman, Jackson, Kundla, Jack Ramsay, Riley, Sharman, and Wilkens) have been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Several more have been enshrined as players or contributors. Fourteen of the head coaches also won championships as players, with both Buddy Jeannette and Bill Russell having won their only manager titles as player-coach. Riley and Lue are two of the only three coaches (Paul Westhead being the third) who have led teams to titles having only arrived in mid-season.

Mexico Senior High School

Mexico Senior High School is a high school in Mexico, Missouri.

PNC (rapper)

Sam Hansen, better known by his stage name PNC, is a New Zealand hip hop artist and rapper.

The name "PNC" is an acronym for Palmerston North City.

He attended Awatapu College.

PNC first gained underground notoriety performing alongside Breaking Wreckwordz. His unofficial single "Day in the Life" stayed at number one on the Bfm charts for three weeks. He followed that with appearances on P-Money's "321 Remix", "Get Back" and the NZ chart topping "Stop The Music" single from the Magic City album in 2004.

PNC later signed to P-Money's Dirty Records and released his first album, Rookie Card, in 2006. The first two singles, "Bomb!" and "Just Roll", were relatively successful songs in New Zealand. He followed with hit singles P-N-Whoa! and "Who Betta Than This" (which samples the song "3,2,1 Remix"). Rookie Card went on to win the best urban/hip-hop album at the 2007 Vodafone Music Awards in New Zealand.PNC's second album, Bazooka Kid, was released on 2 June 2009, and his third album, Man On Wire, was released on 18 April 2011. In 2012, PNC supplied the entrance music, a flip of Drake’s The Motto called SBW Theme, for Sonny Bill Williams' fight against Clarence Tillman III.In 2017, PNC released new single Iverson 01, a tribute to Hall of Fame NBA shooting guard Allen Iverson’s MVP season in 2001, when he led the league in scoring and steals. He also mentions Tyronn Lue in the song, who was on the Lakers when Iverson led his Sixers to the NBA finals, and who got to go head-to-head with the Philadelphia guard in Game 1. Iverson put a stellar move on Lue, made his jumper, and stepped over a fallen Lue as he walked by the Lakers’ bench. This song, along with Sonny Bill 04, Jonah 95, and others, implies the meaning that PNC is at the top of his game. He released his latest single, Too Easy, in December of 2017.

Washington Wizards all-time roster

The following is a list of players of the 1997–present Washington Wizards professional American basketball team. Before the 1997-98 season the Wizards were known as the Chicago Packers (1961–1962), Chicago Zephyrs (1962–1963), Baltimore Bullets (1963–1973), Capital Bullets (1973–1974), and the Washington Bullets (1974–1997).

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Cleveland 2015–16 41 27 14 .659 1st in Central 21 16 5 .762 Won NBA Championship
Cleveland 2016–17 82 51 31 .622 1st in Central 18 13 5 .722 Lost in NBA Finals
Cleveland 2017–18 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 22 12 10 .545 Lost in NBA Finals
Cleveland 2018–19 6 0 6 .000 (fired)
Career 211 128 83 .607 61 41 20 .672

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