CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Tyronn Lue spoke to media for the first time since being named the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, following the firing of David Blatt.
Lue was asked what he would do better than Blatt, "I wouldn't say differently, I would say do somethings better. I wouldn't use the term 'differently' because David did a great job. He went to the NBA Finals with a hurt roster, missing two of our All-Stars and he was still able to carry the team to the NBA Finals. We're first in the east right now, so my things we just got to do things a little better, not different."
Blatt was fired in his second season as head coach, after leading the team to the NBA Finals in his first year, and to a first place 30-11 record in the east. Tyronn Lue takes over right before the All-Star break, and could end up coaching the east squad in the All-Star Game.
Thursday, General Manager David Griffin said the team lacked identity and he was not 'leaving an unprecedented team payroll-- to chance.'
"This team is not galvanized after wins. When we are galvanized is when people say we can't win and we do. We respond with chaos. This team has not handled expectations well," Griffin added.
Lue was asked about Griffin's comments on lack of team unity, especially after wins.
"The thing of this team is, you know, you have young superstars and young all-stars, Kyrie (Irving), LeBron (James), Kevin (Love), it's about sacrifice. When you have a 'big 3' you aren't going to get the same amount of shots you got when you were somewhere else, or Kyrie when he was the man of this team is not going to get the same amount of shots as before when LeBron and them got here. Those three guys have to learn to play together and learn to sacrifice. That's my job is to help those guys and put them in situations they could be successful."
Lue will make his head coaching debut on Saturday, when the Chicago Bulls come to down and take on the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena.