It was announced Monday morning that Tyronn Lue would be stepping away from his coaching duties temporarily. The head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers cited medical concerns as the reason for his break from coaching. He stated he has had trouble sleeping for months and needs some time to get this all figured out.
This begs the question, when will LeBron James coach his own team?
In the past, LeBron has not had the best of relationships with his coaches. There were rumors that LeBron has forced out Mike Brown during his first stint with the Cavaliers. Mike Brown was forced out of town just days after losing to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. There were rumors that LeBron had tried to get Erik Spoelstra fired during his tenure with the Heat. LeBron almost certainly played a big hand in the firing of David Blatt. There are plenty of videos showing LeBron’s displeasure with his coaches throughout the years.
At this point in his career, LeBron James trusts pretty much no one but himself when it comes to basketball knowledge. He would be much better off running a team on his own. Would a team ever actually allow that?
He has been a superstar in this league for 15 years. He has been on teams with all different personalities and has seemed to make them all work. He has been the leader on every single team he has been on. Would he be able to handle all of this and coach? Absolutely. Just last week, LeBron seemed to be running the huddle during a timeout in a recent Cavaliers game. Letting LeBron player coach would eliminate all the coaching drama that follows him. There will be no more coaches to butt heads with. I don’t know how other players would feel about this but they know when you sign up to play with LeBron it is his way or the highway.
It is time the Cavaliers allow Tyronn Lue to sit out the remainder of the season and let LeBron take over the reigns. You can say an assistant coach will take over interim duties but we all know who runs the show. This is LeBron’s NBA, we are just living in it.