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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stepping away from team due to health concerns

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Published 11:03 a.m. ET March 19, 2018 | Updated 11:34 a.m. ET March 19, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue is stepping away from the team for the time being, citing chest pains and “other troubling symptoms.”

Lue, in a statement released by the Cavaliers, said he’s also been losing sleep throughout the year.

“Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is,” the statement said.

“While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team,” Lue said. “I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season.”

Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over in his absence, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt. The person requested anonymity because it wasn’t announced publicly.  

“I think it’s probably well overdue,” LeBron James said. “Understanding what he’s been going through…

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