LeBron James Has 'Nothing but Respect' for Tyronn Lue After HC Was Fired by Cavs

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 15:  Head coach Tyronn Lue (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers after a quarterfinal game of the 2018 NBA Summer League between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Though the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue on Sunday after an 0-6 start to the season, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James had nothing but kind words Monday for his former coach.

The former Cavs forward noted he had "great years" playing for Lue, via Dane Moore of Zone Coverage:

"He put us in position to win, he put us in position to succeed," James said. "And more importantly, he gave—all the onus was on the players. He gave us the responsibility to go out and do what we needed to do to win ball games. And that led us to—while he was at the helm—three Eastern Conference Finals, three Finals, one championship."

Lue was a Cavaliers assistant when LeBron returned from the Miami Heat in 2014, and he took over for head coach David Blatt midway through the 2015-16 season. The team went 27-14 to close the regular season and won the first NBA title in franchise history.

Cleveland reached the NBA Finals in each of the next two years but lost to the Golden State Warriors.

However, James' leaving the city again to go to Los Angeles took a big chunk of production from the Cavaliers and turned them from contender into afterthought.

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Lue was fired after six straight losses to begin the season, and though James said he didn't want to weigh in on the decision, he didn't seem to think Lue should take all the blame.