Lue releases statement expressing thanks, appreciation

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Shortly after he was fired as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue released a statement and, not surprisingly, he took the high road, making sure thank everyone for the time he spent in Northeast Ohio, as first reported by @TheUndefeated.

"My time here in Cleveland was truly special," Lue said. "I am very grateful for the dedication, sacrifice, and support of all the players on our team, the tremendous coaches I worked with and of course, our incredible fans.

"Lastly, deep thanks to Dan Gilbert, David Griffin and Koby Altman for the opportunity over the last three years and I only wish the organization success moving forward."

Lue, who took over for David Blatt when he was fired at the midpoint of the 2015-16 season, then led the Cavaliers to the NBA title, making league history by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to win the crown, winning Game 7 on the home floor of the defending-champion Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

The 41-year-old Lue compiled a 128-83 record (.607) in his three three years at the helm.

Shams Charania of Stadium first reported the news of Lue's dismissal.