It's never a good sign when you see a player or coach having to leave a game midway through because of injury or illness, which is exactly what happened to Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue earlier this week against the Chicago Bulls, when Lue left the game at halftime due to an undisclosed illness.
Now, it's been revealed via a statement from Ty Lue himself as well as Cavs GM Koby Altman, that Lue will be taking time away from the team immediately to focus on his health and wellbeing.
"After many conversations with our doctors and Koby and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season.
I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.
I greatly appreciate Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, our medical team and the organization's support throughout."
Assistant coach Larry Drew will step in for Lue for the time being, but it's unknown how long Lue will be out for.