"Having LeBron's validation, just being like, "I got it. Take some time off, get yourself ready for the playoffs". "Given what we've already gone through this season, you know, as a team you can only take so much".
"I don't have a quit bone in me, so if I'm on the floor I've got to try to make plays happen no matter what the score is", he said.
According to a release to announce his leave of absence on March 19, Lue experienced "chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year". "He's our championship head coach, so he knows everything about our team".
Lue explained that James helped put his mind at ease by assuring him the team was in good hands.
The Cavaliers are No. 3 in the Eastern Conference with just four games remaining in the regular season as they now hope to win a second National Basketball Association title in three seasons with the playoffs beginning on April 14. And this winning streak has been desperately needed, too, because the Philadelphia 76ers are on some kind of tear, having won 12 games in a row to tie Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the east.
"It's been going on for a long period of time", Lue said. Lue says the best advice he got during his leave was from Steve Kerr. "I haven't had soda in nearly three weeks. I should be doing that anyway because I've been a professional athlete my whole life, so it's just good to get back to doing that also".
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"All the love and support was very humbling because a lot of coaches from around the league called and [texted]", Lue said. He's not going to talk about it so I don't want to talk about it no more either. "He's been great. I really appreciate that". Cavs' head honchos said that Lue has been dealing with these health issues for over a year. "So we kind of missed that". "He just needs to gets some reps". While the Cavaliers are in unfamiliarity territory, unable to clinch home court advantage with a two finish in the regular, they are a nightmare match up for any team falling inside the bubble which they now occupy, made all the more unsafe by the return of Lue.
Lue came back to a familiar situation as the Cavs, who have endured injuries for months, were missing point guards Jose Calderon (hamstring) and George Hill (ankle).
Lue added that he's been taking a new medication and has been sleeping more. "I just got to get in a routine and seeing how that's going to feel". LeBron James is thrilled to have his head coach back, saying Lue was missed.
"He challenges us", James said of what makes Lue a successful coach.