Lue returns to coaching Cavaliers after health scare

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue yells to his team in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. A person familiar with the decision says Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is expected to resume his duties on Thursday against Washington.Lue, who has been away from the team since March 19 because of health issues, will be back on the bench when the Cavs host the Wizards, said the person who spoke Wednesday, April 4, 2018, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett, File)

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says "piercing" chest pains persuaded him to take a medical leave.

He is returning to the sideline Thursday night after missing nine games. The 40-year-old coach says he's feeling much better. He has changed his diet and says the time off has given him new perspective.

Lue hasn't coached since March 17, when he left a game at halftime in Chicago because of chest pains. Two days later, the team said he was taking a leave.

Lue says the best advice he received during his leave was from Steve Kerr. The Golden State coach stressed that Lue take his time and put his "health first." Says Kerr: "We get so wrapped up in the game that we forget about real life."

The Cavs went 8-1 under assistant Larry Drew while Lue was away.

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