Larry Drew
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Larry Drew

Larry Drew
Larry Drew in 2016.jpg
Drew in 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1958-04-02) April 2, 1958 (age 60)
Kansas City, Kansas
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolWyandotte (Kansas City, Kansas)
CollegeMissouri (1976-1980)
NBA draft1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1980-1991
PositionPoint guard
Number22, 2, 10
Coaching career1992-present
Career history
As player:
1980-1981Detroit Pistons
1981-1986Kansas City / Sacramento Kings
1986-1988Los Angeles Clippers
1988-1989Scavolini Pesaro
1989-1991Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
1992-1999Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
1999-2000Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2000-2003Washington Wizards (assistant)
2003-2004New Jersey Nets (assistant)
2004-2010Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
2010-2013Atlanta Hawks
2013-2014Milwaukee Bucks
2014-2018Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2018-presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points8,110 (11.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,265 (1.8 rpg)
Assists3,702 (5.2 apg)
Stats at

Larry Donnell Drew (born April 2, 1958) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The point guard played college basketball for the Missouri Tigers before being selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1980 NBA draft with the 17th overall pick.[1] He played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. In 1988-89, Drew played in the Italian League with Scavolini.[1]

In his NBA career, Drew played in 714 games and scored a total of 8,110 points. His best year as a professional came during the 1982-83 season as a member of the Kings, appearing in 75 games and averaging 20.1 points, 8.1 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.[1]

He was named to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.[2]

Coaching career

Drew served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers (1992-1999), Detroit Pistons (1999-2000), Washington Wizards (2000-2003), New Jersey Nets (2003-2004), and Atlanta Hawks (2004-2010).[1] He became the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in 2010-11.[1] His contract expired after the 2012-13 season, when the Hawks hired Mike Budenholzer to replace Drew.[3]

On May 31, 2013, the Milwaukee Bucks hired Drew as their head coach.[4] On June 30, 2014, the Bucks fired Drew from their head coaching position after acquiring head coach Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets.[5]

On August 19, 2014, the Cleveland Cavaliers hired Drew as their assistant coach. On June 19, 2016, the Cavaliers with Drew as an assistant coach, won their first NBA Championship. On March 19, 2018, the Cavaliers named Drew interim head coach while Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue took a leave for health issues.[6] The Cavaliers were 8-1 in the nine games Drew served in Lue's absence.[7] On October 28, 2018, the Cavaliers named Drew their acting head coach following the firing of Lue.[8][9] Drew sought additional money if he were to be the Cavaliers' interim head coach instead of the team hiring a new leader.[10] On November 5, he was named as permanent head coach.[11]

Head coaching record

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Atlanta 2010-11 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Southeast 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Atlanta 2011-12 66 40 26 .606 2nd in Southeast 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Atlanta 2012-13 82 44 38 .537 2nd in Southeast 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Milwaukee 2013-14 82 15 67 .183 5th in Central -- -- -- -- Missed playoffs
Career 312 143 169 .458 24 10 14 .417

Personal life

Drew is married to Sharon Drew and they have three children, Larry II, Landon and Lindsey.[1] His older son, Larry II, played collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011.[12] He now plays in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans. His middle son, Landon, played for the California State University, Northridge Matadors men's basketball team.[13] Finally, his youngest son, Lindsey, plays for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.[14]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Larry Drew Named Head Coach of the Atlanta Hawks". June 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ Barber, Hayden (June 13, 2018). "Royals' Kauffman, Paul Pierce, Larry Drew among Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Hawks hire Mike Budenholzer to replace Larry Drew as coach". Associated Press. May 28, 2013. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Bucks Reach Agreement with Drew to Become Head Coach". May 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Bucks Announce Coaching Change". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Ty Lue Steps Back to Focus On Health". ESPN. March 9, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Cavaliers Make Coaching Change". October 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (October 28, 2018). "Cavaliers fire coach Tyronn Lue after 0-6 start". Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Windhorst, Brian; Wojnarowski, Adrian (October 30, 2018). "Sources: Cavs' talks with Larry Drew stall; team explores Kyle Korver trade". Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Cavaliers and Larry Drew Agree on New Head Coaching Deal". November 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Bolch, Ben (March 28, 2011). "UCLA basketball: Former North Carolina guard Larry Drew II joins Bruins". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 21, 2011.
  13. ^ Younger Drew headed to Northridge - On The Trail Blog - ESPN
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