LeBron James is now playing for his fourth head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Time will tell whether Tyronn Lue, who took over for the fired David Blatt on Friday, is the answer. AP
Photo: Ben Margot
Photo: Ben Margot

Cavaliers sign coach Ty Lue to contract extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed head coach Ty Lue to a five-year, $35 million extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of TheVertical.com.

Lue was named head coach of the Cavaliers on Jan. 22. He had been associated head coach since 2014 when the Cavs hired David Blatt. The replacement was controversial. The Cavs were leading their division when Lue took over. Lue led the Cavs to their first NBA title and the first major professional championship in Cleveland in over 50 years.

He guided the Cavs to a 27-14 record the rest of the season - the team finished the season 57-25 overall and won the Central Division and had the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Lue became the first coach to win his first 10 career postseason games when the Cavs beat Toronto in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs won the NBA title after falling behind in The Finals to Golden State 3-1. He was the first coach to win an NBA title while being hired as a replacement during the season.

When the Cavaliers won the NBA title in the seventh game of the series, the television shot of LeBron James - collapsed on the floor in tears - and Lue weeping alone on the bench became a viral moment from the series.

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