The Cleveland Cavaliers got a much-needed win Wednesday, thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper from LeBron James, who finished with 37 points in a 140-138 win over Minnesota.
But don’t give Ty Lue credit for the win. Bill Reiter sure won’t.
“(His job is) the safest it can be for anyone in America as incompetent at what they do for a living as Ty Lue is,” the CBS Sports Radio host said on Taz & The Moose. “Ty Lue is a bad head coach. And again, it’s such a cauldron of dysfunction. There’s a lot of blame to go around. But Isaiah Thomas wasn’t wrong when he pointed out again a couple days ago that the Cavs aren’t making adjustments. No, they’re not. They’re not well-coached.”
Even with the win over the Timberwolves, the Cavs (31-22) have lost 14 of their last 22 games.
“LeBron doesn’t want him there,” Reiter said. “LeBron was the reason Blatt got fired and Lue got to take over that spot, and LeBron threw him under the bus three weeks ago when asked about Lue’s job security. I think Ty might be okay because I think we’ve gotten to a point where Dan Gilbert is making decisions just to stick it to LeBron James – and the reverse is true. So because LeBron no longer wants Ty, amazingly, I think Ty’s job is safe. Things are bonkers in Cleveland right now.”
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. The Cavs desperately need to make a move, but that’s easier said than done.
“I don’t think there is a market for Isaiah Thomas,” Reiter said. “Last year, he was a top-five player in terms of the MVP conversation. He was a leader. He was great. But the combination of whatever happened with his hip, the fact that he’s an on-the-record malcontent again – which is such a bummer. It was such an uplifting story also year, but we’ve gone back to his Kings days where guys just didn’t like playing with him. And he’s just not very good.”
Thomas, who is averaging 14.7 points, recently criticized the Cavs’ defense, which is ironic given that he has the worst individual defensive efficiency in the league among players averaging at least 20 minutes per game.
“He’s, frankly, playing like a bum,” Reiter said. “I don’t think there’s much of a market for him.”