What a few days it's been for Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. First it was winning the championship and helping end the drought after a miraculous, record-setting comeback to win the NBA Finals Sunday night. Then came the trip to Las Vegas and virtually no sleep for anyone involved in any of the festivities. That trend continued Thursday, when President Barack Obama called Lue to congratulate him, among other things.
In case it hadn't hit Lue yet that he led the Cavaliers to the city's first major sports championship since 1964, receiving this call had to have done him in. As is tradition, As is tradtion, Obama called Lue in order to congratulate him on for he and the team's work. In the four-minute call, the president had plenty to say, but most importantly he wanted to say how happy he was for the newly-crowned champions of the world.
"Really great job. You should be proud of yourself. You did a great job on this and I really do think you brought cohesion, steadiness and a focus to the team. It really showed itself. You should feel good about what you did. Pretty good for a first-year coach."
Although he called the head coach, Obama admitted that he personally emailed LeBron, along with wanting to thank each and every player donning the wine and gold.
"I know LeBron so I already e-mailed him, but let the rest of the team know that we're proud of them and congratulations. Seeing how the city of Cleveland responded tells you how important it was to those folks and I'm hoping that you guys have a chance to come by the White House before I leave office. My team will reach out to you and we'll see when you guys are supposed to be playing the Wizards or whatnot and I hope I get a chance to say congratulations to you in person."
With the president's last day in office scheduled to be January 20, 2017, the Cavaliers will have to figure out a day to go visit the man in charge before he leaves office. While Obama congratulated the team, he also jokingly talked about the fact that J.R. Smith and some other players will have to find their shirts to put on before going to the White House.
"Tell J.R. (Smith) and everybody to put on a shirt. You can't just be walking around without a shirt for like a whole week. Now (Iman) Shumpert is taking off his shirt, Kyrie is taking off his shirt. Come on man."
The fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers are world champions still seems surreal. Something like this definitely makes you think how special and how real it truly is.