The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t had the greatest start to the 2017-18 NBA season, going 10-7 in their first 17 games. A lot of people have pointed fingers at different things regarding the Cavs lack of success, some see it as chemistry issues and some believe it’s due to the injuries. But a lot of people believe that the biggest concern for Cleveland should be the number of minutes their star player is playing. LeBron James is leading the league this season with 37.9 minutes of action per night, and at almost age 33, this is a probable problem for the Cavs.

Once again, with situations like these, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue receives a lot of negative attention. Coaches always get a lot of the blame for any faults of the team but never get enough credit when the team is successful. And that seems to be happening to Coach Lue this season. Coach Lue was asked to speak on the minutes per game he is playing King James, and the scrutiny he has received for it. A report by ESPN relayed what Lue had to say and how he is dealing with the situation.

Coach Lue doesn’t want to hear it

With injuries to star players, including Tristan Thompson, Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, and Iman Shumpert, the Cavaliers are in a rough spot. They are starting to play better as a team and find their chemistry, but without these pieces, it’s hard to know what their full potential will be.

Because of this, Tyronn Lue doesn’t want to hear any criticism about playing guys like LeBron James a lot of minutes. Coach Lue said:

“If you’re one of the greats, sometimes you’ve got to play.”

The Cavs have a smaller rotation right now due to the injuries, and with their goal of trying to win games still there, Coach Lue is going to do what it takes to get W’s.

The best way to do that right now is to play LeBron a lot of minutes. There isn’t another choice.

Coach LeBron?

One of the main reasons Cavaliers’ head coach Tyronn Lue receives a bad rap is because many fans of the NBA see LeBron James as more of the head coach. King James is one of the smartest and highest IQ guys we have ever seen in NBA history, so helping Tyronn Lue draw up plays and make changes throughout the games is something he is very good at.

But people see Coach Lue as being submissive to the King, similar to how ex-Cavs coach David Blatt appeared.

Either way, Tyronn is a proven coach in this league and has received compliments from some of the best coaches in the league, including Doc Rivers and Steve Kerr. In the Cavs most recent game, they blew out the Detroit Pistons and King James only needed to play 27 minutes, so good work Coach Lue.