Without LeBron James, there is no shortage of people giving the Cavaliers zero chance to make the 2019 playoffs.
Tyronn Lue isn’t one of them.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, the Cavs head coach said that even without James at the helm, he believes the Cavs can still make the playoffs.
“We’re going to have a young team and there’s going to be growing pains, but I think we have enough talent to make the playoffs,” Lue said in the interview. “But not knowing what’s going to happen during the course of the season, the most important thing is to keep building that culture, playing the right way.”
As they get into the player development business, the Cavs are certainly going to have some growing pains; however, considering that the Eastern Conference is the weaker of the two, if the Cavs get into some kind of rhythm making the playoffs isn’t out of the question.
While their playoff chances are up for debate, one thing that isn’t is the fact that this is definitely a year where we will learn more about what kind of coach Lue is. The team can no longer fall back on James’ talent, and as they’ve stressed all summer, a different challenge now awaits the coaching staff as they try and mold younger players.
In the interview, Lue also told the Boston Globe that he is looking forward to these new challenges and that he did not think about stepping down after health issues last season caused him to miss an extended amount of time just before playoffs.
“I’ve grown to love it and it’s been fun,” he said. “Now is a different challenge. I’m up for it. I think our coaching staff is up for it. [General manager] Koby Altman is up for it as well. I’m doing well, I feel good, doing the right thing, continuing to eat better, continuing to work out and I feel good. And as long as that continues I’ll be fine.”