The Cleveland Cavaliers recently fired their head coach, Tyronn Lue, after a 0-6 start to the 2018-2019 NBA season. This opens the discussion that sometimes professional sports teams can be too focused on winning and not on the development of their team.
After Lebron James left the Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018 off-season, it became clear that Cleveland was no longer a contender in the NBA. However, the general manager of the team made it clear they were still intending to be competitive. When the season started, it became clear that the Cavs had one of the worst rosters in the league. After beginning the season 0-6, head coach Tyronn Lue took the fall for the team’s poor start and became the first coach of the season to be fired.
Despite not being considered a great coach by most fans of the NBA, Coach Lue was well respected by players and fellow coaches and was the coach of a championship team just a couple years earlier. The team was not expected to win much to begin with, and Lue was fired after only six games. Many current and former players he coached, as well as fellow coaches, responded to the news and were very surprised by the firing.
This situation raises questions surrounding whether teams should be so focused on winning that they risk hurting the morale of the locker room, and hurting their reputation around the league. Should Tyronn Lue have been given the chance to develop the young talent on the team? Or was the Cavs organization correct in firing him after a poor start to the season when they want to be a competitive team?