Coach Tyronn Lue revealed that he reached out Kevin Garnett to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers as their primary backup center. Unfortunately, Garnett refused the offer and said that he’ll only come out of retirement if Lue and James Posey are still playing.
“I was like, ‘Man, you should come back and play for me.’ He was like, ‘Man, you all have a lot going on over there,'” Lue said. “That was before we hit our stride like we’re playing well now. He was like, ‘If you and [James] Posey were still playing, I would come.’ But he said, ‘But y’all are coaching and y’all are going through what you’re going through.’ He said, ‘Ah, I’m going to sit this one out.’ I said, ‘OK. We’ll call you next year.'”
In the middle of the 2016-17 NBA season, LeBron James urged the Cavaliers to upgrade their roster. “The King” wanted another playmaker and backup center to boost their second unit. After the trade deadline, the Cavaliers granted James’ request and acquired Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut.
Kevin Garnett as Cavaliers’ primary backup center?
Unfortunately, in his first minute playing for the Cavs, Bogut suffered a season-ending injury. As the Cavaliers searched for a new backup center, Lue revealed that Kevin Garnett was one of their options. Garnett last played in the 2015-16 NBA season for the Minnesota Timberwolves and currently working as a consultant for the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks since January.
Seeing Garnett playing alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love will make the 2016-17 NBA season more interesting. Garnett may not already be in his prime but he could still be a reliable backup center for the Cavaliers. However, refusing to join the defending NBA champions only proved the Garnett isn’t interested in coming out of retirement.
Tyronn Lue says coaching Cavs the “hardest job”
Despite failing to acquire Garnett, the Cavaliers still have one of the best rosters in the league. The “Big Three” of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving made the Cavaliers a strong title contender every season. However, coach Tyronn Lue admitted that coaching a team with the highest payroll in the NBA history comes with challenges that no other coach in the league has to face.
“It’s the hardest job, by far,” Lue said on ESPN’s NBA Lockdown podcast, which came out this week. “It’s the hardest job. But I’ve been through a lot of tough things in my life anyway, and I just try not to listen to the outside noise — to the media and what they have to say. As long as I have the support of [Cavs general manager] David Griffin, [principal owner] Dan Gilbert, my players, the city of Cleveland, the state of Ohio, as long as I have that support, that’s all that matters.”
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