The Hilarious Reason Tyronn Lue Won’t Let Cavaliers Players Coach Themselves

Bryan Brandom
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You won’t see Tyronn Lue replicate the Steve Kerr method of allowing one’s players to coach themselves. At least, not with LeBron James on his roster.

“I wouldn’t do that,” the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach said as a smile crept across his face ahead of his team’s Tuesday-night matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. “They already say LeBron’s coaching the team anyway, so if I give him the clipboard, they’re really gonna say that. So no I wouldn’t do that.”

When pressed by reporters, he wouldn’t even name a player he’d hand the clipboard to if forced to give it up.

I wouldn’t hand coaching responsibilities to a squad that doesn’t know how to box an opponent out of their huddle, either.

For the second consecutive game with their revamped roster, the Cleveland Cavaliers did just fine with Lue at the helm, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-112 on the road behind a definitely-not-running-the-team LeBron and his 37 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

The team’s four deadline additions nearly cloned their impressive debut, combining for 48 points on 51.4 percent shooting and dishing 10 assists to just one turnover.