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LeBron James calls Tyronn Lue "the best coach in the world"

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The celebrations in Cleveland may not have come to an end just yet after a memorable week for the city in which, in dramatic fashion, the Cavaliers won their first ever championship in franchise history. 

The Cavs became the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to defeat a stunned Golden State Warriors team in seven games.

Without knowing it, the Warriors may have indirectly contributed significantly to the Ohio-based team's title win. 

After beating Cleveland to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2015, the Dubs swept their season series against them this campaign, which included a 34-point obliteration at the Quicken Loans Arena.  

That stretched their winning streak against the Wine and Gold to five games, and with a likely showdown with the Warriors on the horizon in the Finals, the organisation decided that immediate action needed to be taken if they were to challenge the men from the Bay Area for the big prize. 

Head coach David Blatt was fired just days after that humiliating defeat at home and assistant coach Tyronn Lue was promoted to take the reigns.  

Despite an inconsistent end to the year, the Cavs still ended with the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and proceeded to make a blistering start to the postseason.  

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Six

After defeating the Toronto Raptors in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals, Lue became the first coach in NBA history to win his first 10 playoff games.  

There was a confidence about the Cavaliers and there was chemistry both on and off the floor during the postseason that wasn't seen during the days of Blatt.

General manager David Griffin alluded to this when he relieved Blatt, saying: "I have never seen a locker room not be as connected after wins as they need to be."

2016 NBA Finals - Game Six

The connection the players had and continued to develop with Lue was evident and that was a major factor in them ending Cleveland's 46-year title drought.  

LeBron James, the leader of the franchise, emphasised the strong relationship with the 39-year-old former Lakers point guard by calling him "the best coach in the world" in an Instagram post recently.

It's a strong endorsement by King James, who many refer to as the 'coach' of the team due to his influence on matters on the floor.

But it's clear that Lue has won the respect of the best player on the planet and the entire team after taking over in a moment of turmoil to lead them to glory.

Not only did he steady the ship, but he instilled confidence in the entire roster to go on and achieve what they did. This experience will go some way to helping Ty Lue to go on and become one of the best coaches in the game for years to come. 

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James

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