On Tuesday the Cleveland Cavaliers finalized their coaching staff by officially announcing Larry Drew as a member. Under head coach David Blatt will be assistants Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Drew and James Posey. Tyronn Lue, who was considered a head coach candidate, will be Blatt’s right-hand man, as he was named associate head coach earlier this summer.
There are two assistant coaches on the staff that spent the 2013-14 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers: Boylan and Brielmaier. I would assume they were retained due to their relationships with players like Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson. Posey was an assistant coach with the Canton Charge this past season, so they brought him up to coach in the League.
Drew was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, but was ousted when the Bucks acquired Jason Kidd from the Nets. But again, we all know how bad the Bucks were. Previously Drew was with the Atlanta Hawks as their head coach, leading them to the playoffs in all three of his years as a Hawk. The addition of Drew rounds out a great crop of coaches for Blatt in his first year with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Something that is very exciting about the brand new Cleveland Cavaliers is that the coaching staff is well-rounded. Blatt is one of the greatest leaders in the game currently, and his mind is on the same level. Bringing three guys from within house and getting two head-coach types in Drew and Lue, the Cavs have covered up an obvious weakness from last season; even with bringing back two figures from the 2013-14 campaign. Mike Brown is a nice guy; he’s just not head-coach material. He could never lead his teams on the court, and with a team that was so young, it needed a valiant leader as the HC. The Cavs have added veteran players, proven stars and have traded away two of their youngest players, a perfect situation for a new coach to step in.