Given the job security in Cleveland these days, it's hard to blame Larry Drew.
After firing Tyronn Lue on Sunday, the Cavaliers claim they named Drew as interim coach, only that Drew does not seem to agree.
"I'm not the interim coach, I'm the voice right now," Drew told reporters Monday. "I am sure you are aware that there are some conversations that are ongoing, I do not know if any kind of agreement or agreement will be made, I am prepared in any way, I will continue to do my job."
The problem is because Drew wanted security in the office before he accepted the new role. The Cavaliers without LeBron James are 0-6, have just lost Kevin Love through injury and seem to be heading to full rebuild mode.
"I would like to be part of this in the long term, to be perfectly honest," said Drew, 60. "Reconstruction is not an easy thing to do. It's usually something that takes a little time. If it's going to take some time, I'd like to be part of that. I made the organization very aware of that. It will not happen overnight, but I am committed to helping and doing whatever it takes to be a part of that. To be part of that, I think it will have to be something that is done with a little more security. "
Drew, who compared his current role with being a substitute teacher, had intervened for Lue last season when he took time off to take care of his health. The former point guard has also been head coach of the Hawks (128-102) and Bucks (15-67).
"We're trusting him right now, and his experience right now is to push this," general manager Koby Altman said Monday.
At least according to the Cavs, Drew is currently the second oldest head coach in Cleveland. Almost 24 hours after the Cavs canned Lue, the Browns fired Hue Jackson. Terry Francona, on the other hand, is fine with the Indians.