LeBron supports Ty Lue's decision to take time off, says 'health is the most important thing'

Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 15:31:12-04

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue announced on Monday that he will be stepping back from the team for some time to focus on his health.

After Monday's shootaround, LeBron James voiced support for Lue's decision.

"Obviously, health is the most important, with everything in life, so I'm not surprised by it at all," James said. "Health is the most important thing in life. It doesn't matter what's going on."

James said the coach "was never not himself" this season.

RELATED: Ty Lue leaves Cavs' bench mid-game with illness

During the Cavs' Feb. 6 game against the Orlando Magic, Lue left the Cavs' bench mid-game and went to the locker room with an "undisclosed illness." He remained in the locker room for the rest of that game.

In Lue's announcement, he said he "has had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year." He said he has gone through several tests, but doctors have not been able to conclude what the exact issue is.