- Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue revealed that he has been receiving treatment for anxiety.
- Lue said he was dealing with chest pain and was occasionally coughing up blood as a result of the stress and anxiety of the season.
- Lue stepped away from the team for two weeks in March and went on a medication routine that he said he since helped.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has been receiving treatment for anxiety since March when he had to step away from the team for two weeks.
Lue told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he was having chest pains and occasionally coughing up blood during the season. He took several tests that revealed it was the cause of stress and anxiety and he has since been taking medication for the issues.
“I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious,” Lue said, via ESPN. “Just anxiety and the medication I’m on is great. No more chest pains, so everything’s been great.”
According to ESPN, Lue used the two weeks to get a medication routine while also making some personal lifestyle and health changes.
“I did have some chest pains for the last couple of years,” Lue told Nichols. “And I was just trying to be able to get through it not knowing what was wrong with me. So the two weeks I took off, just finally had a chance to focus on myself and change my diet. Hired a chef. Stopped drinking as many Shirley Temples. And stopped with the sweets and got back to taking care of myself. Now I feel great.”
The Cavaliers had a stressful season that saw them swap several different players in and out while dealing with infighting and other tensions. Lue said he wanted to be there for the team and tried to push through the issues with which he was dealing.
During the season, Kevin Love spoke out about his battles with stress and anxiety and later became a spokesperson for the NBA for mental health and wellness.