Cavaliers part ways with coach Larry Drew

2019-04-12 02:36:21 GMT2019-04-12 10:36:21(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Coach Larry Drew will not lead the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after his contract expires, the general manager of the franchise Koby Altman and coach Drew jointly announced on Thursday.

"We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years," Altman said. "All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward."

The general manager confirmed the team will soon launch its search process for a new head coach.

"I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the entire organization, and especially our fans, for what has been a very special and rewarding time here in Cleveland," coach Drew said. "I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last several years together and will always cherish our Championship."

Coach Drew was the assistant coach of Tyronn Lue when the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championships in franchise history. He became interim head coach of the Cavaliers after Lue was fired following a bumpy start to the 2018-2019 season after LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 61-year-old was named permanent head coach in November and led the Cavaliers to finish second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with a 19-63 record.

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