OAKLAND, Calif. — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he is being treated for anxiety and that the NBA playoffs bring him so much joy.
Lue said before Game 1 of the NBA Finals that he realizes there are so many people dealing with challenges in life, so his story may help others.
Lue took a leave of absence on March 19 for health reasons and when he returned April 5 acknowledged he experienced "piercing" chest pains during two games this season.
The coach says he has heard from many people offering support since his ESPN interview during which he revealed the anxiety.
Lue says "the biggest thing is that I feel good and talking to my doctor, one of my happy places is the playoffs."
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he spoke with Lue by phone and traded text messages with him. Kerr says his main message to Lue was that "you can't allow what feels like the enormity of the job to interfere with your health and your recovery and whatever you need to do. I just told him the team will still be there when you get back ... just kind of a reminder that we're playing a sport."