David Blatt Denies that Cavs Assistant Tyronn Lue is Undermining Him

by January 15, 2015

Another day, and another fire for Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt to put out.

Blatt referred to a story alleging that associate head coach Tyronn Lue has called timeouts behind his back when things haven’t gone right for the struggling Cavs as “nonsense”.

Blatt insists that despite all of the drama, things are just peachy in the Cleveland locker room.

Per the NEOMG:

“That’s a lot of nonsense and I think it’s kind of cheap, to be honest with you,” Blatt said before his team took the floor for shootaround on the campus of UCLA.


“If you know Ty, he’s a very vocal and active guy. An assistant coach can’t call a timeout in an NBA game, if you didn’t know that,” he said. “Now if he sees something, feels something and yells something out to alert me what he thinks, I don’t have a problem with that. I listen to what I think I need to listen to and what I don’t think I need to listen to.”


Blatt, we’re told, sought out Lue on his own accord and convinced the young coach to interview for his staff, which Lue obliged. Impressed with his comprehension and understanding of the game, Blatt approached management to urge them to find a way to secure Lue’s services. […] “He’s the first assistant here and he has a very big role,” Blatt explained. “He’s a great (assistant) to me, both in terms of his experience in the league and in terms of his knowledge of the game and I lean on all of the assistants very heavily. Quite honestly I welcome what they bring to the table. I encourage it and I benefit from it.”