Tyronn Lue says Cavs ‘love the drama’: ‘It’s just who we are’
Tyronn Lue acknowledged that the drama continuously surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers often seems “like a soap opera” as opposed to the goings-on of a championship-caliber NBA team. And to hear it from the Cavs head coach, he wouldn’t want it any other way.
Why? Because Lue believes the team thrives on the drama.
“I feel good about this team all the time. It’s like a soap opera, but I love this team,” Lue said, via Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “We know what we’re capable of doing. Defensively the effort is there, the multiple effort. We’re getting stops. I always feel good about this team. It could be this week, next week. You know how we are.
“It’s just who we are. We love the drama.”
It’s been business as usual for the Cavaliers, as there has been no shortage of drama during the 2016-17 campaign.
Perhaps the biggest soap opera-esque story line started when James called out the Cavaliers front office earlier this season — a tirade that spawned a feud with Charles Barkley.
James’ recent on-court confrontation with Tristan Thompson highlighted the most recent spate of drama.
Tristan Thompson is EVISCERATING LeBron James in the huddle right now pic.twitter.com/Rf3DZ9B8xl
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 3, 2017
And that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Cavaliers seemingly are always in the headlines, which obviously is warranted as reigning NBA champions. But the attention often stems not only for what’s occurring on the court but the purported theatrics behind closed doors. The fact the drama occurred as the team struggled since the calendar flipped to 2017 only magnifies matters.
James admitted following a recent demoralizing loss to the Spurs the Cavaliers were in the midst of “a delicate time” as the struggles mounted. Since that loss, the Cavs have started to recover, winning three of their past four games.
Despite the perceived righting the ship — at least its beginnings — will the drama continue as the Cavaliers hit the postseason in a quest to repeat as NBA champions? It may sound strange, but Lue probably hopes so. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.