It’s official: Tyronn Lue will coach Eastern Conference All-Stars


After the Cavaliers waxed the lowly Suns on Wednesday night, Tyronn Lue is now 2-1 as a head coach in the NBA.

He also will now be the head coach of the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

With that win over Phoenix, Cleveland is now 32-12 on the season and when it gets to the Feb. 1 cut off the Cavaliers will have the best record in the East. By rule, their coach gets to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars.

Even if they’ve been on the job for three games.

This wasn’t a surprise. After Wednesday’s game Lue said what he had said before — this is a tribute to former coach David Blatt and the players.

The NBA has said Blatt cannot coach the All-Star team in place of Lue, using the rather logical reasoning that he is not a head coach in the NBA right now.

Gregg Popovich will coach the Western Conference All-Stars. (Yes, the Warriors have the better record, but Steve Kerr coached the West last year and under the “Riley Rule” the same coach cannot coach the All-Star game in consecutive years.)

The All-Star Game takes place Feb. 14 in Toronto. The fans have voted in the starters for both conferences (Lue will get to coach LeBron James), the reserves (voted in by the coaches) will be announced Thursday.