Tyronne Lue, head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers recently signed for a leave of absence to address health issues that have been plaguing him during the season.
According to the statement released by the Cavaliers, Lue’s attending physician hasn’t ruled any conclusions regarding his health problems. Although, Lue says the lack of sleep and stress during the playoffs greatly contributed to what he has been feeling.
According to reports from CBC Sports Lue says, “While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season.”
He also adds, “My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the championship we are all working towards.”
Lue’s decision to take a leave of absence also sent a ripple effect on the sports world. It has given spotlight on how coaches should also manage their health to prevent untoward disruptions from happening.
Despite the busy schedules and sheer demands of time needed to attend to your team’s performance, especially in professional and major-league sports, finding time for yourself is one of the things experts’ advice. Stress is also a constant part of the job and managing it well can help save you from the effects of overwork and fatigue.
Lue’s team members rallied their support for their head coach. LeBron James said that he was given information about Lue’s leave of absence Monday morning during the shootaround.
He adds, “I knew he was struggling, but he was never not himself. He was just dealing with it the best way he could.” James also mentioned that the head-coach’ decision is “probably well overdue.”
Several replacements are being considered for Lue’s temporarily vacant position including Jeff van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and David Fizdale.