Tyronn Lue will remain as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers despite the departure of LeBron James and the sudden change in the direction of the franchise.

"I'm a competitor," Lue said. "It's a new challenge. Only coaching 2 1/2 years, having a veteran team for those three years pretty much, and now having a young team, now I have to teach more, more practices. More attention to detail. I think you can mold these guys into who you want them to be."

Luke described hearing news of James' departure as "hard to swallow," and said in a follow-up conversation with James that he thanked James for "everything he's done for me.

"Making me a championship coach, understanding what it takes, the hard work we've got to put in every day," Lue explained.