Everyone already is well aware of how huge it was for the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA championship last season, as Lebron helped bring a major pro sports title to the city for the first time in more than 50 years. But for all the happiness and joy after the game, it turns out there were quite a few testy moments during the game between Lebron and coach, Tyronn Lue.


As we reported yesterday, Lebron James was named Sports Illustrated Sport Person of the year and in the story written by Lee Jenkins, we find out about how Lue managed to piss off Lebron during that game seven.

Despite Bron scoring 41 points each in games 5 and 6, he still needed a herculean effort to help the Cavs come all the way back from being down 3-1 in the series. He wound up with a monster triple double in game seven, along with a monster blocked shot to help seal the deal but it almost wasn’t enough for Lue.

Just before halftime, Lue reportedly turned to Lebron and said “Bron, you’ve got to be better than this.” That reportedly led to LeBron barking back, “What more do you want me to do?” And Lue responded by saying, “Stop being so passive! Stop turning the ball over! And guard Draymond [Green]!” At that point, he already had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists but Lue was pushing his star.

Then at halftime Lue ripped into Lebron again, which reportedly left him feeling very confused as to why his coach was coming at him like that. Bron sought advice from Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones and teammate James Jones, who both said for him to just trust Lue but that didn’t make him too happy.

“He stormed out of the locker room,” Lue told SI. “I didn’t really think he was playing that bad. But I used to work for Doc Rivers in Boston, and he told me, ‘I never want to go into a Game 7 when the best player is on the other team.’ We had the best player. We needed him to be the best. I know he might have been tired, but f— that. We had to ride him. And he had to take us home.”

Clearly his plan worked as everyone was all smiles at the end, well everyone except the Warriors and their fans. While it sounds safe to say Lebron was not feeling anything Lue was saying at the time, it’s also safe to say that when he was at the podium after the game smoking a cigar that nothing else mattered.

H/t Complex