NBA finals: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he is being treated for anxiety

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first_img Read more Support The Guardian As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals for the fourth year in succession, the Cavs’ head coach, Tyronn Lue, has revealed he is being treated for anxiety.“I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious,” Lue told ESPN in the run-up to Thursday’s series opener. “Just anxiety, and the medication I’m on is great. No more chest pains, so everything’s been great.”Lue stepped away from coaching duties in March after experiencing chest pains and coughing up blood. He says treatment for anxiety and a better diet have helped him recover. Since you’re here… NBA finals Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn NBA finals predictions: who will win … and is the Cavaliers-Warriors era over? … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. NBAcenter_img Cleveland Cavaliers news US sports Share via Email “I think for the first time in my career, 20 years, I had a chance to focus on me. It wasn’t as bad as people thought it was. But I did have some chest pains for the last couple of years. And I was just trying to be able to get through it not knowing what was wrong with me,” Lue said. “So the two weeks I took off, just finally had a chance to focus on myself and change my diet. Hired a chef. Stopped drinking as many Shirley Temples. And stopped with the sweets and got back to taking care of myself. Now I feel great.”Despite reaching the NBA finals, the Cavaliers have had an up and down season. Players have come and gone and coaching a team with the league’s best player, LeBron James, brings added scrutiny. Lue added that he had received support from others in the NBA, including the Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I don’t like the attention. But I love coaching. I love when you’re able to succeed and seeing the look on guys’ faces,” Lue said.There has been increased attention on mental health in the NBA this season. In February Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan talked about coping with depression, while one of Lue’s own players, Kevin Love, said he had suffered a panic attack during a Cavaliers game this season. Love had been a doubt for Game 1 after sustaining a concussion during the Eastern Conference finals but is available for the series opener.The Warriors are heavy favorites to win their third title as they meet the Cavaliers once again in the NBA finals. Golden State’s Klay Thompson, however, does not believe the series is getting stale. “I don’t think so,” he said before Thursday’s Game 1. “I think the rest of the NBA has got to get better. It’s not our fault. I’m sure if you asked the fans of the Warriors and the Cavs around the world, whether it’s in the Bay Area or in Cleveland, I’m sure they’re happy with their team performance. The only people I hear saying that are fans from other teams, which is natural. I don’t blame them. But as long as our fan base is happy, that’s all that matters.”The Warriors won the NBA title in 2015 and 2017, while the Cavaliers took the championship in 2016. Basketball Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img

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