Cavs in talks with Larry Drew to join coaching staff

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Former Atlanta and Milwaukee head coach Larry Drew has chatted with the Cleveland Cavaliers about joining the team’s coaching staff. The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn reported the news late Tuesday evening.

Drew was awkwardly fired two weeks ago as Milwaukee’s head coach. He was only 15-67 in his lone season with the Bucks, then the team went out and recruited the unhappy Jason Kidd away from Brooklyn to take Drew’s job. It was a pretty messy situation.

He coached the previous three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, bringing them to the playoffs each year. But then the team went in a new direction as well, bringing in Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer to work under Danny Ferry.

It’s possible that Drew has received a tad bit of bad luck in both draws. Milwaukee had a bunch of injuries last season amid their overall suckiness. Atlanta’s been a perennial playoff team that has never seemed to have enough talent to make any significant playoff noise. It’s possible Drew wasn’t too much to blame.

But on Twitter, many Milwaukee fans chastised Cleveland’s interest. And it’s important to note that we’re also talking about Gary Washburn here. Washburn, if you recall, was lambasted by the national media — including Deadspin — for voting for Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James for the 2013 MVP award. So take this report with a mild grain of salt, although he is a veteran reporter.

The Cavs have David Blatt as their new head coach and Tyronn Lue as their new associate head coach. The Cavs made Lue one of the highest-paid assistants in league history. On the team’s website, Bernie Bickerstaff, Jim Boylan, Igor Kokoskov and Bret Brielmaier are still listed as holdovers from the previous regime. It’s uncertain how many more assistants Blatt might be looking to still add.

  • mgbode

    I would guess not all holdovers will actually be with the team in October. Drew would be a fine add. He did well in Atlanta considering and he was smart with Giannis last year. He isn’t perfect but he also wouldn’t be the head guy.

  • RGB

    He got backstabbed by Jason Kidd.

  • mgbode

    That just makes him like pretty much every single human that Jason Kidd has come in contact with his entire adult life.

    This article details just his life with Joumana, but there is plenty about his time with Phoenix, New Jersey, and Dallas out there and how he treated teammates, coaches, and the front office.

    I mean, really, Allen Iverson was a punk and didn’t respect authority, but the man respected the game and his teammates. Yet, it’s AI who is blackballed and Jason Kidd got fast-tracked to HC jobs?

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  • RGB

    Maybe we should bring back Mike Brown.
    You know, for defense and such.
    Just sayin’…