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Wizards coach Scott Brooks heard the story about Tyronn Lue and understands what the job can do to a person.
Lue, 40, is taking a leave of absence from the Cavaliers, citing chest pains and undetermined health concerns.
“You hope that it’s nothing serious,” Brooks told reporters. “The health is the most important; the game is secondary. It’s definitely a tough profession.”
Brooks speaks the truth. Already just this season, Kings coach Dave Joerger left a game and missed the next after suffering from lightheadedness. Hornets coach Steve Clifford missed 21 games after suffering migraines.
And now comes the story of Lue.
“It’s tough on all of us,” Brooks said. “All of our thoughts are with him. Hopefully he’s back soon but like I said, health is so important.”
Like Lue, Brooks is a former NBA point guard. He eventually learned as a coach not to take the losses so hard.
“It’s still not easy, but I try to live by that the majority of the time,” he said. “But there are times when it’s emotional. It’s hard.”
The Wizards (40-30) entered Monday just a half-game behind the Cavaliers (40-30) for third place in the Eastern Conference.