OAKLAND, United States, June 1, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Cleveland Cavaliers coach
Tyronn Lue said Thursday he blundered in revealing to ESPN the details of his
mysterious health problems — that he had been receiving treatment for
Lue took a medical leave of absence in March, after being forced to leave
the bench on several occasions during the season.
The Cavs coach told ESPN he had been suffering from chest pains and had
coughed up blood before receiving treatment and making changes to his diet.
“I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious,” Lue told ESPN ahead of Cleveland’s
opening game one of the NBA Finals against Golden State here Thursday. “Just
anxiety, and the medication I’m on is great. No more chest pains, so
everything’s been great.”
But in a pre-game media session before the opener, Lue confessed he had not
intended to say so much about his health issues.
“To be honest, I messed up,” Lue said. “I didn’t even really know I said
it. It just kind of came out during the interview.”
Lue revealed in the pre-game comments that the NBA playoffs are one of his
“The biggest thing is that I feel great,” Lue said. “And talking to my
doctor, one of my happy places is the playoffs. So that’s a good thing. I do
feel great though.”
Lue said changes to lifestyle and medication had helped treat his stress.
“I think for the first time in my career, 20 years, I had a chance to focus
on me. It wasn’t as bad as people thought it was. But I did have some chest
pains for the last couple of years. And I was just trying to be able to get
through it not knowing what was wrong with me,” Lue said.
“So the two weeks I took off, just finally had a chance to focus on myself
and change my diet. Hired a chef. Stopped drinking as many Shirley Temples.
And stopped with the sweets and got back to taking care of myself. Now I feel
Lue said he had received support from around the NBA since his ESPN
“A lot of people are going through a lot of different things,” Lue said.
“Just being able to cope with it and understand there are a lot of different
people who have reached out to me and told me they experienced some of the
Lue said he had received support from across the league, including from
Golden State counterpart Steve Kerr, who battled his own health issues last
year, missing part of his team’s greatest-ever 16-1 playoff run after
complications from back surgery.
“When you’re in this position, you’re in the NBA, and you have your family
and your friends and everybody you want to take care of and make sure they’re
comfortable, you kind of lose sight of yourself and what it takes for you,”
“So being able to do that and get sleep now regularly is great.”