Is Tyronn Lue Calling the Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach the Toughest Job in the NBA Completely Outrageous?Read Now
ESPN- " With the services of three All-Stars and command of the biggest payroll in NBA history, Tyronn Lue has been positioned for success since becoming the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coach in January 2016.Even so, the setup comes with challenges that no other coach in the league has to face, according to Lue.
"It's the hardest job, by far," Lue said on ESPN's NBA Lockdown podcast, which came out this week. "It's the hardest job. But I've been through a lot of tough things in my life anyway, and I just try not to listen to the outside noise -- to the media and what they have to say. As long as I have the support of [Cavs general manager] David Griffin, [principal owner] Dan Gilbert, my players, the city of Cleveland, the state of Ohio, as long as I have that support, that's all that matters."
The difficulty, Lue said, comes from not trying to win games, but from all the scrutiny that comes with the process.
"When I was a player, probably about seven to eight years ago, I'm trying to attack every reporter that said something," Lue said. "But now I've come to the realization that it's not worth it. People are going to say what they have to say, and they got to sell books or they got to sell stories. They have to do it. That's their job.
"But it's just, I don't like it when they make stuff up. ... If I didn't do a good job or I didn't do something [correctly], then I understand that. That's your job. You got to write it. But when you make stuff up, that's the part that I don't get that kind of makes me mad."
"I don't like the media attention. That's why this job is just so tough because you're out in front all the time," Lue said. "It's tough because whatever you say, if you say one wrong thing -- especially leading this team -- it goes viral. It's a big deal. That's why in the huddles, a lot of times when we're miked up, I never say anything. When the camera comes over there and they're all like, you got to talk to the team like, 'You gotta [this and that]!' Our team? They don't want to hear that anyway."
Yeah, sounds awfully like Tyronn Lue is completely a puppet for this Cavs organization. His biggest problem with the job is being under the microscope of the media, laughable. Wow must be so hard for the Cavs PR team to prep you for interviews so you know what to say and what not to say. Obviously, they didn't prep you for this interview because these are some pretty dumb comments.
Head coach of the Cavaliers isn't a hard job, but it's just annoying dealing with annoying questions, pay me a couple million to do it though, you won't hear me bitching, that's for sure. If anything Lebron makes his job 10x easier on the court, off the court it may be an issue because he's the biggest star in the world, and the entire NBA revolves around him, but that's your job. Lue has to just say the right things to the media, that's his only job. We all know he has no actual say on the floor, Lebron James is calling all the shots, you're foolish for thinking otherwise.
Why even say something like this, to bring more attention to yourself, I really just don't understand what Lue gains out of this. What he's saying may be true, doesn't mean it needs to be said. During the playoffs the players and coaches tend to say a lot more to the media than during the regular season, which I don't understand whatsoever. I'd be as vague as possible with answers towards everything at this time of the season, the last thing a team needs right now is distractions.
This isn't a big deal whatsoever, I just thought it was comedy that Tyronn Lue basically admits to his role as a puppet. That fact he said it was hard was even funnier. Dude, just don't let the media bother you, all the players on your squad should know it's just noise and has no substance to it, just ignore them. Give them the answers you want to give, when they spin the story just ignore them, and move on. I'm sure your locker room won't be affected by the talks about Lebron's minutes if you guys just don't pay any mind to it. Tyronn Lue, do everyone a favor and stop complaining about having the easiest job in the NBA.
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