Cavs GM Koby Altman made the final decision to fire Tyronn Lue
The Cleveland Cavaliers made national headlines Sunday when they fired head coach Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start. The decision to fire Lue was apparently up to Cavs general manager Koby Altman, not owner Dan Gilbert.
Decision to fire Ty Lue was made by #Cavs GM Koby Altman after consulting with his staff. He went to team owner Dan Gilbert after making the decision. Gilbert told Altman it was his call.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) October 29, 2018
While the timing is weird, Altman may have made the right call in the end. The Cavs have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league this season. They also have not led in the second half through their first six games, which feature a couple of embarrassing losses at home against the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks.
Associate coach Larry Drew was tabbed to be the interim coach, but he’s not accepting that title and wants a long-term commitment from the franchise.
It will be interesting to see how the team reacts to the Lue firing. It will also be interesting to see if the Cavs start playing the younger guys more and benching some of the veterans they have.
With their star forward, Kevin Love out possibly a month, the firing of Lue and Love being sideline could certainly set this thing in motion of giving more minutes the young guys.
This could also mean rookie point guard Collin Sexton may get the start over George Hill.
The most interesting thing out of all of this: How long does Drew stay in Cleveland without accepting the interim head coach role and how many lineup changes will their be.
It will be an interesting a couple of weeks for this Cavs team.