Iman Shumpert tossed his towel onto Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue’s shoulder while leaving a huddle during Cleveland’s loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.
Big deal or nah?
“I didn’t even notice it,” Lue told cleveland.com. “Somebody later brought it to my attention. It’s not something I’m concerned with. Him and me are cool. When did it happen?”
Shumpert’s towel drop happened so quickly. Someone even yanked the towel away nearly immediately after it landed on Lue.
But it looked disrespectful.
I’m not entirely convinced Lue didn’t notice it, but if even if he’s fibbing to move on, that says something. If he’s willing to dismiss it as an issue publicly, that indicates a smaller chance of a larger problem at play. If Lue were deeply bitter, he’d have a hard time giving Shumpert a public pass.
Everything is dissected more closely in Cleveland, so eyes will be on the Lue-Shumpert relationship. If no other evidence of a rift appears, this video will soon be forgotten.
There are bigger issues with the Cavs to follow.