The Real Reason Tyronn Lue Was Fired

  • Published: 01 November 2018
  • When the Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach Tryonn Lue on Sunday, lots of speculation erupted about why. Coach Nick digs through the film to explain what deep seated issues GM Koby Altman had and why he needed to make a change.
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  • gobucks1313
    gobucks1313  3 months back

    Very true. Let me preface this by saying I wouldn’t change anything bc we won a title in Ohio; however, the defense was good with Blatt — and we were told crafty offensive minded vets (Mike Miller) said Blatt had a genius offense that he’d never seen before...we never got to see that offense work according to what I heard, but the defense was solid. Lue came in and put the emphasis on offense and that’s exactly what we needed — mixed in with the leftover defensive minded personnel equaled the greatest title in NBA history. The way they played in Game 4 finals 2017 is what I think Lue wanted — old early 2000s nba high scoring, and unfortunately we just couldn’t get to the level of consistency that way like golden state did, but they played better team defense than we did. Anyways, I think you have an Awesome video here. It’s unbelievable that the Cavs are already into rebuild. There was a serious issue on Ty Lue’s defense, but I wonder if he wanted out. I’ve heard that narrative because now he doesn’t have a losing season on his record (besides that 0-6 start), but the personnel was so far off that they couldn’t win most nights fully trying. What’s sad is that the team’s core couldn’t have stayed together for a “Victory Lap” see them minus LeBron in the playoffs even as an 8 seed would’ve been very cool. I just hope this year is a step in the right direction with Beilien, and not another year in the lotto — unless we get the top pick. Great video & a whole lot of truth coming from this Cavs fan that watched about 400 consecutive games all the way thru until this year when it got to be too painful...and the streak ended it right around Lue’s firing. Go Cavs

    • Jayytoo_ Underrated_.
      Jayytoo_ Underrated_.  4 months back

      Did anybody else see McGee get hit in the face with the ball when LeBron dunked on him?

      • Brandon Ingram
        Brandon Ingram  4 months back

        Im watching this because they might sign him in LA please no!!

        • Mugen Acz
          Mugen Acz  4 months back

          Lakers MUST trade ingram tho.. Ingram is like KDs garbage version.

      • Dobie Atienza
        Dobie Atienza  5 months back

        This is my take as well. Ty Lue is a very poor defensive coach. It has been for a while since the start of 2017 season. They lost to Warriors not really because of the lack of offensive firepower but because of their inability to defend. Now they want him to coach in Lakers and majority of it says hes the best fit. Really?? Can you hear me SMH? Great analysis as usual coach. I'm really learning a lot from you.

        • LayupzAK
          LayupzAK  6 months back

          So why is someone getting fired because the players cant play defence

          • Rush Rush
            Rush Rush  6 months back

            I thought Lue should've been given more rope than 6 games. When Lebron James leaves your team, everyone knows it's going to a long painful rebuild regardless of who your coach is.

            • Marc Angelo Silo
              Marc Angelo Silo  6 months back

              March 2019 Update: The Cavaliers officially will not make the playoffs (CONFIRMED BY NBA CALCULATIONS)

              • frank giuliano
                frank giuliano  7 months back

                Tyronn Lue sucked as a coach. He never had control of the team, only LeBron did. And they fired David Blatt because he expected / demanded LeBron to play defense.

                • ThatAintitMang
                  ThatAintitMang  7 months back

                  lazy defense

                  • Bang! Bang
                    Bang! Bang  7 months back

                    It's simple coz lue is stupid

                    • NappyKnowsIt 2.0
                      NappyKnowsIt 2.0  7 months back

                      It's not like it made much of a difference lmao

                      • Trevor Stapf
                        Trevor Stapf  8 months back

                        He got fired because their bad, it's that simple

                        • Warriors Nation
                          Warriors Nation  8 months back

                          Cavs still have no 10 wins

                          • ahoneyman
                            ahoneyman  8 months back

                            Larry Drew was in a much better bargaining position than you think. He's been coaching in the NBA since 1992. He's got friends around the league. I'm sure he called around to see who might need him before he made his whole "I'm not gonna be an interim head coach" speech. You don't stay in the NBA for that long without being really good at your job. Let's face it, a LeBron less Cavs team isn't exactly a prime coaching job.

                            • Michael Sobremonte
                              Michael Sobremonte  8 months back

                              Everybody knows it was GM james who fired david blatt

                            • libraryham
                              libraryham  8 months back

                              This team lived and died by the will of Lebron James during his time there. Blatt was fired because he clashed with James. They thought better to keep their star player happy and fire the coach who competes for authority over the team. Insert Tyronn Lue. Tyronn Lue was always a figurehead coach anyway. We all knew Lebron James was calling the shots on the floor (should have just made him the player/coach of the team).

                              Now that there's no longer any real star on the team any more, Lue can't develop the players he has. He just doesn't have the experience or natural talent to do so. They might have some better players now if they didn't screw up in the aftermath of the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston. Initially I thought Cleveland won that trade and was surprised Boston gave into what I thought was a ridiculous demand, but we now see how that worked out. Isaiah Thomas could have been that leader the team sorely needs right now, and Jae Crowder could have been a solid player for them, but no, they flushed away those opportunities one way or another. Only Zizic remains from that trade, and hes not looking that good so far.

                              • WizManBallin
                                WizManBallin  9 months back

                                Basically, he was fired because Lebron stifled any real system Lue tried to run once he was gone. Those players were hypnotized to one way of playing and Lue was trying to move on with no effect. Sad...

                                • Ryan Sibley
                                  Ryan Sibley  9 months back

                                  When lebron aint there you cant get saved by the refs anymore thats the only reason you beat boston last year

                                  • Living For God
                                    Living For God  9 months back

                                    Will Ty Lue coach again?

                                    • Raphael Dube
                                      Raphael Dube  10 months back

                                      2:52 "A Double Whammy", while the background music is a guitar's whammy bar being used. Nice one coach, nice one ...

                                      • It's ch.illmatic
                                        It's ch.illmatic  10 months back

                                        Lebron is actually a really bad defender. Doesn't even try

                                        • It's ch.illmatic
                                          It's ch.illmatic  10 months back

                                          Tyronn always looked so helpless. Not fit to be coached, only to be stepped over by Iverson

                                          • Joe Whitaker
                                            Joe Whitaker  10 months back

                                            I heard he was smoking crack

                                            • Tezeu
                                              Tezeu  10 months back

                                              once again... lay of the henny JR!

                                              • David Jeremiassen
                                                David Jeremiassen  10 months back

                                                I think the reason LeBron isn't the GOAT is because the greatest leaders of teams are 2 way players, giving effort and leadership in both ends of the floor, that's why Jordan is the GOAT and 6-6 in the finals. End of discussion.

                                                • J Vert
                                                  J Vert  10 months back

                                                  Love needs to move

                                                  • JEAN GREY
                                                    JEAN GREY  10 months back

                                                    All I hear is JR not switching...

                                                    • Frank Mann
                                                      Frank Mann  10 months back

                                                      Cavs owner is a scumbag. He brought in a guy from israel who didn't have the real talent to do the job but he had a very talented team that almost did. Looks like the owner was trying to make the coach look like a superman. Orchestrated greatness. Coach may be a great guy but the apparatus of fabricated greatness used to shape who we think is great didn't work that time. Owner is a dirtbag all day long.

                                                      • jdroz65
                                                        jdroz65  10 months back

                                                        Defense is now illegal in the NBA anyway people only care about points

                                                        • Jerome Davis
                                                          Jerome Davis  10 months back

                                                          Bruh any coach that "coach's" brons team aint the fuckin coach. Lebron is the reason for any success bruh. Please stfu

                                                          • Barry McCockner
                                                            Barry McCockner  10 months back

                                                            Ty lue didnt get the cavs back from down 3-1. Lebron did . Just stop with the bullshit man. God some you mfers on some bs

                                                            • Russ B
                                                              Russ B  10 months back

                                                              He was fired because the Cavs didn’t have to ask Lebron for his permission

                                                              • Csfo Misor
                                                                Csfo Misor  10 months back

                                                                If the lakers play the cavs, the lakers would just pour in 3s from Josh Hart and win in a blowout

                                                                • Ez 074
                                                                  Ez 074  10 months back

                                                                  come back lebron!

                                                                  • kalon511
                                                                    kalon511  10 months back

                                                                    2:24 - 2:25 Why did the ref. miss that call when he was standing RIGHT THERE? Some of these plays are due to players NOT knowing HOW to play defense or NOT having a high (or even decent) basketball I.Q.

                                                                    • EyeSeeYou
                                                                      EyeSeeYou  10 months back

                                                                      id love to see a video about james borrego's new hornets offense. it's 2nd in the league in efficiency and they have a hell of a bench squad

                                                                      • Huzaifah Syed
                                                                        Huzaifah Syed  10 months back

                                                                        Lebron was the coach

                                                                        • Pyroman /
                                                                          Pyroman /  10 months back

                                                                          LeBron is the worst defence place in the top 50

                                                                          • Pyroman /
                                                                            Pyroman /  10 months back

                                                                            Cuz la-baby needs someone to blame when he isn't doing good

                                                                            • Trapperz AlleyTV
                                                                              Trapperz AlleyTV  10 months back

                                                                              They fired Tyron Lue so he can be the next head coach in LA

                                                                              • Delon Sembrano
                                                                                Delon Sembrano  10 months back


                                                                                • Jim Stark
                                                                                  Jim Stark  10 months back

                                                                                  Johnny Cash: "My name is Lue; what did I do?"

                                                                                  • mookeychase0907
                                                                                    mookeychase0907  10 months back

                                                                                    All you naysayers Ty Lue can coach and he will get another job.When you played BB your whole life you develop some kind of BB philosophy as you play you learn. Some guys take in what they learn some don't some become coaches. He is a disciple of Doc Rivers still one of the best in the league and played under Phil Jackson and Rick Carlisle. He willed his team from the bench when they were down 3-1 not LeBron. He obviously with his MVP performance in the Finals willed them on the court but Ty believed in his team. He didn't give up and look toward LeBron to bring the team back when they fell down 3-1 to a 73 win team. He, game after game believed in them made adjudtments, encouraged them and made them believe they were gonna beat the team some people say was the best ever and they did,he did his job...

                                                                                    • Maggie Pollard
                                                                                      Maggie Pollard  10 months back

                                                                                      Lue is a former LA laker championship player and coach she is good

                                                                                      • GMan5090
                                                                                        GMan5090  10 months back

                                                                                        Damn they suck as basketball players

                                                                                        • Philippians 3:14
                                                                                          Philippians 3:14  10 months back

                                                                                          The real reason is LUKE is on the hot seat!

                                                                                          • Jeremy Aber
                                                                                            Jeremy Aber  10 months back

                                                                                            LeBum does not play defense at all

                                                                                            • wornoutshoes11
                                                                                              wornoutshoes11  10 months back

                                                                                              Dont blame tyron lue for being the dummy coach... We all knew who the real coash was. Blame that bitch for ruining this team 2x lol smh... Lebron is the culprit here... No one else.