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Tyronn Lue admits not being ‘quite ready’ upon return to Cavs after leave

Tyronn Lue now admits his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after taking a leave of absence during the regular season may have come a bit too soon, citing an obligation to the players and team as the impetus for his possibly premature return to the bench.

Lue announced he would be taking a leave of absence after a March 17 game against the Chicago Bulls. A statement released by the Cavaliers upon Lue’s leave of absence noted the coach was suffering from “chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep.”

Lue would return in time to coach the Cavaliers for the last few games of the regular season. He mentioned recently in an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears getting back to the team for the home stretch ahead of the playoffs may have hastened his return.

“When I came back I wasn’t ready, but I knew I only had three more games to coach to get ready for the playoffs, so if I was gonna do it, I had to come back then.

“I don’t think I was quite ready, but I came back. I wasn’t gonna let those guys go through this: all the pressure, all the stuff that comes with the job. I wasn’t gonna let those guys go through it without me. It wasn’t fair to them. It wasn’t fair to the players, so I knew I had to get back out there. I wasn’t quite ready when I came back, but I feel great now.”

Lue as made some changes to better deal with his health issues, including an improved exercise routine and better diet, which appear to have helped.

At the time of his return Lue interestingly mentioned how he intended to heed the advice of Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr about taking care of himself and focus on his help. Lue and Kerr of course will battle once again from opposite ends of the court starting with Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.