Kim Miller is the supportive and lovely mother of the former NBA player Tyronn Lue, the current head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers that replaced David Blatt in 2016. Mr. Lue was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (23rd overall) in the 1998 NBA Draft. Keep reading to learn more about Kim!
Mr. Lue was born on May 3, 1977. He’s originally from Mexico, Missouri, and his parents are Kim and Ron Lue. Tyronn never saw his father as a role model, since he was sent to jail for drug trafficking, so Kim had to raise their three children all by herself. The Cavs’ head coach has a brother named Gregory Miller, and a sister, Shakea Latoi Lue.
The 6’0’’ former NBA player attended Raytown Senior High School and then studied Sociology at the University of Nebraska and opted for entry into the NBA Draft during his junior year, so that’s when he was selected by the Nuggets in 1998.
Tyronn has been in several NBA teams: starting with Denver and going through Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, and finished his NBA career as a basketball player in 2009 again with the Orlando Magic.
When referring to his job as a coach, Mr. Lue was an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers, and later he joined his former team, the Cavs, as an associate head coach from 2014 to 2016, and he’s now the head coach of this team.
Mrs. Miller wanted her kids to have a positive male figure around them, so she decided that her father, Tyrone George, was the perfect choice to help her raise the children. There’s no doubt Kim was right in what she was doing: Tyronn once said his pops was the father figure he grew up with. The head coach’s mother also asked help to her brother, Kevin Graves, with whom Tyronn lived with after his freshman year of high school.
Mr. Lue probably had many ups and downs in 2016: the Cavaliers won the NBA championship, and their head coach instantly broke down after that. It wasn’t just that he’d taken over in January, or that he’d helped end the Cavs’ 52-year championship drought. It was Tyronn thinking about his mother and grandmother, and how much he wished they were there with him at Oracle Arena Oakland.
There was a big reason why they couldn’t attend the game, they were both battling cancer. Kim was diagnosed in July 2015, starting again the fight against breast cancer for the second time in eight years. They have a family history of the disease that goes back three generations on the Lue side, and Kim’s mother, a breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Both women underwent surgery and needed chemotherapy and radiation. Mr. Lue kept his family’s struggles private until they were revealed in a story by Sports Illustrated in early August. He not even considered telling the players because he didn’t want any sympathy and making them get hold of it.
Mr. Lue had a special celebration in August 2015. He went back home to Mexico, Missouri, for the dedication of Tyronn Lue Boulevard, and the two most important women in his life cried of joy. Kim cried of joy and revealed she’s proud of teaching her children to never forget where they come from, and to feel honored about it. We couldn’t find the latest news of the women’s condition, but as far as we know, both were doing well until October 2016.