LeBron James: Cavs ‘missed’ Ty Lue; compares absence to Steve Kerr’s

The Cleveland Cavaliers will welcome Ty Lue back to the bench on Thursday as they go up against the Washington Wizards after he spent a couple weeks away from the team to attend to his health. LeBron James is thrilled to have his head coach back, saying Lue was missed.

James also compared Lue’s absence to what the Golden State Warriors went through when Steve Kerr was forced away due to health complications of his own and Luke Walton had to step up.

“Listen, at the end of the day our coaches have done a great job of being an extension of our head coach, and giving us the same message. But just his presence… You could look at it as the same as a couple of years ago when Steve Kerr kind of went out with the Warriors and Luke Walton did a hell of a job…he was an extension of Steve Kerr’s command. But, you know, when you have your head coach you kind of know just his voice, just his presence — things of that nature. So we kind of missed that.”

It’s worth noting that Cleveland has really turned it on in Lue’s absence, losing just one game out of their last 10. And this winning streak has been desperately needed, too, because the Philadelphia 76ers are on some kind of tear, having won 12 games in a row to tie Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the east.

Needless to say, Lue is coming back at a good time for the Cavs, with the playoffs right around the corner.