On Thursday evening, Head Coach Tyronn Lue and the Cleveland Cavaliers got their 3rd straight chance at an NBA championship as they began their series vs. the Golden State Warriors.
Tyronn Lue has faced adversity at various points throughout both his career and life, but much of what has gotten him to this point in his career are his roots in his family and his faith.
Lue is from a small town in Missouri called Mexico. He did not have much growing up. Since then he has reflected on his time in Mexico as difficult but rewarding because what he did have were his faith and his family. His grandfather and his mother were among hist biggest supporters in both his professional and his faith journey.
Since Lue has moved away from Mexico, he has played in the NBA, played in an NBA finals, and coached the Cavilers to their first ever NBA championship, which came at the expense of the greatest regular season team of all time, the 2016 Golden State Warriors.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Lue is living proof of this scripture. Once a poor child from Mexico, Missouri, without much else then his family, faith, and basketball, Lue now has a multi-million dollar contract.
He has credited his tough upbringing for much of his success, but he has since used his situation to help those who were once in the less fortunate position that he was once in.
Lue now personally pays for several charity events and churches in Mexico each year during the holidays. No corporate sponsors, all from his own pocket. He remembers what it is like being poor with nothing to turn to except family, faith, and ball. He wants to do anything he can to help the kids who he was once like. Anything to get them to turn to God or family or basketball.
For the next month we will hear about Lue, the coach, but we regardless of the result of the NBA finals, we should celebrate Tyronn Lue, the person. The player, coach, son, and man of faith.