Friday, 19 April 2019 | 14:09 WIB

Larry Drew Resigns as Head Coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

Larry Drew Resigns as Head Coach of Cleveland Cavaliers (sportingnews)

CLEVELAND, NETRALNEWS.COM - Larry Drew will not return to serve as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second season after he and his team on Thursday (04/11/2019) local time agreed to split up.

"We have great respect and respect for Larry and the work he has done as head coach of the Cavaliers for almost the entire 2018-2019 season. He has brought professionalism, class, and stable leadership last season and four years before," said general manager Koby Altman. from ESPN, Friday (12/4).

"Larry and I had productive discussions about this season and we were doing a replacement process immediately. Larry respectfully refused to participate in this process and would not return to being the Cavaliers coach. We all in Cleveland don't expect Larry to be the best for the future. "

The Cavs finished 19-63 in the 2018-2019 season when Drew took over the team after the sacking of Tyronn Lue on 28 October. Drew was appointed as temporary head coach at first, before agreeing to a new agreement on November 5.

Drew, 61, was previously head coach of the Atlanta Hawks (2010-2013) and Milwaukee Bucks (2013-2014), and later joined the Cavaliers as an assistant coach in 2014 and as the association's head coach. While there, the Cavaliers won their first NBA title for the 2015-2016 season. He became an assistant coach in the NBA for 23 seasons.

Drew held the position of interim coach in the 2017-2018 season, when Lue was on a medical leave to deal with her health problems.

"I would like to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the whole organization, and especially our fans, for all the special and useful things in Cleveland. Koby and I discussed and decided that the best decision for each of us is that I will not return to train the team, "said Drew, who was an NBA point guard from 1980-1991, playing for the Detroit Pistons, the Kansas City / Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers.

"I am very proud of what we have achieved together over the past few years. I also want to praise our players this season for the cooperation they have built, the way they play and their hard work and development every day. I am very proud of them and hope for the best that they can continue to develop for the future. "