Lue's firing by Cavs defied the odds set by the sharps

Colton Jones

Five days ago, the gambling website Bovada listed LeBron James' current head coach -- Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers -- as the NBA coach most likely to be fired first this season.

Turns out, it was one of James' former head coaches -- Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers -- who got the gate first, being fired Sunday afternoon.

Bovada had Lue listed as the guy tied with the sixth-worst odds -- 12-1 -- of surviving the season, but his third full campaign at the helm of the Cavaliers lasted only six games, all losses.

Walton was listed as having a 7-4 chance of being axed first, followed by Tom Thibodeau of Minnesota (2-1).

The rest of the "top eight" included Fred Hoiberg of the Chicago Bulls (5-1), Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-2), Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards (10-1), Dave Joerger of the Sacramento Kings, Lue and Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers (all at 12-1).

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