Given the job security in Cleveland these days, it’s hard to blame Larry Drew.
After firing Tyronn Lue on Sunday, the Cavaliers claim they named Drew the interim head coach — only Drew doesn’t seem to agree.
“I am not the interim coach, I’m the voice right now,” Drew told reporters on Monday. “I’m sure you guys are aware that there is some talks that are going on. I don’t know if any type of agreement or settlement will be made. I am prepared either way. I’ll continue to do my job.”
The hang-up stems from Drew wanting security from the front office before he accepts the new role. The LeBron James-less Cavaliers are 0-6, just lost Kevin Love to injury and seem to be headed for full rebuilding mode.
“I would like to be a part of it long term, to be perfectly honest,” the 60-year-old Drew said. “Rebuilding is not an easy thing to do. It’s usually something that takes a little time. If it’s going to take some time, I’d like to be a part of it. I made the organization pretty aware of that. It’s not going to happen overnight, but I’m committed to helping out and doing what it takes to be a part of that. In order to be a part of that, I feel that it’s going to have to be something done with a little more security.”
Drew, who compared his current role to being a substitute teacher, previously had stepped in for Lue last season when he took time off to address his health. The former point guard also has been a head coach for the Hawks (128-102) and Bucks (15-67).
“We’re relying on him right now, and his experience his right now, to push this thing forward,” GM Koby Altman said Monday.
At least according to the Cavs, Drew is currently the second-longest tenured head coach in Cleveland. Nearly 24 hours after the Cavs canned Lue, the Browns fired Hue Jackson. Terry Francona, meanwhile, is doing just fine with the Indians.
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