June 20, 2016 – CSE Talent client Tyronn Lue led the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 series deficit to capture the 2016 NBA Championship, becoming the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 hole in The Finals and win the title. The championship is the first in the history of the Cavaliers franchise and is the city’s first professional sports title in 52 years.
Lue, who took over head coaching duties for the Cavaliers on January 22, 2016, became the third coach in NBA history to win a title after becoming the head coach of a team mid-season, joining Pat Riley (1982 & 2006) and Paul Westhead (1980), per ESPN Stats and Info. The Cavaliers won their first 10 games of the 2016 playoffs with Lue becoming the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 postseason games as a head coach.
The Cavaliers went 16-5 overall in the playoffs, including a 9-1 mark at home, and defeated the Warriors twice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, where Golden State had lost only twice during the regular season.
Following an 11-year NBA playing career where he won two titles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 and 2001, Lue joined the coaching ranks in 2009 as an assistant with the Boston Celtics under fellow CSE Talent client Doc Rivers and spent four seasons with the Celtics. After a one-season stint on Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013-14, Lue was hired as the associate head coach of the Cavaliers in June 2014, becoming the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA.
A native of Mexico, MO, Lue played collegiately at the University of Nebraska, where he finished his career ranked third in Cornhusker history in assists (432), fourth in three-pointers made (145), fifth in steals (154) and seventh in scoring (1,577). He was inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.