Larry Donnell Drew (born April 2, 1958) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach of 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. 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.
Drew in April 2019
|Born||April 2, 1958|
Kansas City, Kansas
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Wyandotte (Kansas City, Kansas)|
|NBA draft||1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Number||22, 2, 10|
|1981–1986||Kansas City / Sacramento Kings|
|1986–1988||Los Angeles Clippers|
|1989–1991||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1992–1999||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|1999–2000||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|2000–2003||Washington Wizards (assistant)|
|2003–2004||New Jersey Nets (assistant)|
|2004–2010||Atlanta Hawks (assistant)|
|2014–2018||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||8,110 (11.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,265 (1.8 rpg)|
|Assists||3,702 (5.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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.
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). He became the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in 2010–11. His contract expired after the 2012–13 season, when the Hawks hired Mike Budenholzer to replace Drew.
On May 31, 2013, the Milwaukee Bucks hired Drew as their head coach. On June 30, 2014, the Bucks fired Drew from their head coaching position after acquiring head coach Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets.
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. The Cavaliers were 8–1 in the nine games Drew served in Lue's absence. On October 28, 2018, the Cavaliers named Drew their acting head coach following the firing of Lue. Drew sought additional money if he were to be the Cavaliers' interim head coach instead of the team hiring a new leader. On November 5, he was named as permanent head coach. On April 11, 2019, Drew and the Cavaliers parted ways after his contract expired after the 2018–19 season.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|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|
|Cleveland||2018–19||76||19||57||.250||5th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
Drew is married to Sharon Drew and they have three children, Larry II, Landon and Lindsey. His older son, Larry II, played collegiate basketball at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA in 2011. He last played in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans. His middle son, Landon, played for Cal State Northridge. His youngest son, Lindsey, plays for Nevada.
- "Larry Drew Named Head Coach of the Atlanta Hawks". NBA.com. June 13, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
- Barber, Hayden (June 13, 2018). "Royals' Kauffman, Paul Pierce, Larry Drew among Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductees". Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
- "Hawks hire Mike Budenholzer to replace Larry Drew as coach". SportingNews.com. Associated Press. May 28, 2013. Archived from the original on May 29, 2013.
- "Bucks Reach Agreement with Drew to Become Head Coach". NBA.com. May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
- "Bucks Announce Coaching Change". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014.
- "Ty Lue Steps Back to Focus On Health". espn.com. ESPN. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- "Larry Drew". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- "Cavaliers Make Coaching Change". NBA.com. October 28, 2018. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (October 28, 2018). "Cavaliers fire coach Tyronn Lue after 0-6 start". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
- Windhorst, Brian; Wojnarowski, Adrian (October 30, 2018). "Sources: Cavs' talks with Larry Drew stall; team explores Kyle Korver trade". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
- "Cavaliers and Larry Drew Agree on New Head Coaching Deal". NBA.com. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- "Cavs and Larry Drew Mutually Agree to Pursue Others Paths". NBA.com. April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- 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.
- "Landon Drew Signs National Letter of Intent With Cal State Northridge". CSUN Athletics. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- "Lindsey Drew - Men's Basketball". University of Nevada Athletics. Retrieved April 12, 2019.