As a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, former player Tyronn Lue knows what it is like to be a part of a special team on the game's highest level.
In joining the Cleveland Cavaliers as associate head coach and teaming up with new head coach David Blatt, Lue believes he can take what he learned as a player and assistant coach with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers and help develop a team that has not been the postseason in the last four seasons.
"Cleveland is a great opportunity," Lue said in a release from the team. "I am looking forward to joining Coach Blatt, (general manager) David Griffin and the entire Cavaliers organization at a very exciting and promising time for the franchise.
"Through numerous discussions with David and Griff, I felt Cleveland is a great situation for me. I believe my background will help me play a key part in helping achieve the vision that the leadership of this franchise has for its team. I can't wait to get to work with Coach Blatt and our players."
Lue played for the Lakers, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks in 11 seasons in the NBA. Since retiring, Lue has served as the Celtics' director of basketball development (2009-10), and later, as an assistant coach to Doc Rivers in Boston and with the Clippers.
"I wouldn't be in the position to make this career move and advancement without the deep support, mentorship and friendship that I have received and enjoyed from Doc Rivers," Lue said. "I want to thank Doc for helping prepare me so well for this next step and challenge."
Lue was so well thought of by the Cavaliers that they interviewed him for their head-coaching opening. When the opportunity came available to add him to the staff, it was a chance they could not pass up.
"Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team's future success," Griffin said in the release. "Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously.
"Tyronn Lue joining Coach Blatt's staff is more than exciting to all of us here in Cleveland. The leadership and knowledge of Ty is going to be critically important as we move into a new era of competitive Cavaliers basketball."
Like Griffin, Blatt believes the addition of Lue will make the Cavaliers a better coaching staff, and in turn, an improved team.
"I could not be happier that Ty will be joining the Cavaliers' coaching staff as my top assistant," Blatt said. "I look forward to leveraging all of his experiences and expertise into our team's development.
"This is a character guy and winner himself who played and worked with some of the greatest talents and successful leaders in NBA history. I am thrilled to have him by my side as we get to work in Cleveland."