Cavs' Lue returning, but won't coach, vs. Pelicans

Sam Amico

Tyronn Lue is back ... well, almost.

According to Cavs’ Lue returning, but won’t coach, vs. Pelicans

">ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers coach will rejoin the team for Friday's home game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but strictly in an observatory role. Lue won't coach from the bench, continuing to leave those duties to associate head coach Larry Drew.

"The plan will be to ease his way back into coaching (during) the Cavs' four-game homestand," ESPN Cavs’ Lue returning, but won’t coach, vs. Pelicans


Lue has missed the previous six games with unspecified health concerns. ESPN reported Lue had been experiencing chest pains and coughing up blood, as well as suffering from other "serious" symptoms.

He has changed his diet, according to the report, and started an exercise program.

"Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is,” Lue said in a statement March 19.

"While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season."

The Cavs (45-30) are 5-1 with Drew as acting coach.