Kevin Love supportive, wants Larry Drew as Cavs coach
Larry Drew, who has been an assistant coach for the team since 2014, has been promoted to become Cleveland’s interim head coach after the firing of Tyronn Lue. However, the 60-year-old coach doesn’t want to accept the role in an interim basis and has demanded a commitment from the Cavs that extends beyond this season.
The Cavs are adamant on not giving Larry Drew the job and financial security he is seeking, though they said they could get Drew’s interim tag removed later this season if they see the results they desire.
Amid the head coaching issues surrounding the Cavs, however, Kevin Love showed his support to Drew and backed the former Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks head to coach the Wine & Gold moving forward. Per Joe Vardon of The Athletic:
Kevin Love, who was already critical of Cavs' attempt to go young, had this to say about Larry Drew's fight for a new contract: 'Yeah, I would love him to be the coach'
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) October 30, 2018
As Vardon noted, Kevin Love has been critical of the Cavs’ plan to go young — which also translates to not winning a lot of games this season. Giving more minutes to young players sparked the disconnect between Lue and the Cavs, with the former head coach wanting to lean on his veterans more.
Larry Drew’s possible appointment won’t likely change a lot for the Cavs, who seem determined to build for the future. However, Drew is an experienced coach in the NBA with a winning track record, so that might have given Kevin Love some hope that they won’t be in tanking mode when he returns from a toe injury.