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Named interim coach by Cavaliers, Larry Drew says he’s not Cavaliers interim coach

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CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 19: Interim head coach Larry Drew of the Cleveland Cavaliers yells to his team during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena on March 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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In announcing Tyronn Lue’s firing yesterday, the Cavaliers said:

Associate Head Coach Larry Drew has been named interim head coach.

Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal:

This is mostly just semantics. Interim coaching, acting coach – what’s the difference? Drew’s role sounds like the definition of interim coach, someone coaching for a temporary period until a more stable coach is found. If you want to call that an acting coach, that’s fine.

Drew is just angling for more money, which he can do. It’s up to him to set salary parameters for his new job. Cleveland can decided whether or not to accept them.

But this just makes the Cavs look even more inept. How do you announce someone with a new title without getting him to accept the title first? And how lousy must the job be if an assistant coach isn’t eager for the promotion?