College basketball: Nebraska retires number of former Huskers great, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue
Nebraska basketball added a fourth jersey to the rafters above Pinnacle Bank Arena as it welcomed back former point guard Tyronn Lue for a number retiring ceremony during halftime of the Cornhuskers' home game against Michigan State Thursday night.
Lue, the current head coach of the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, played for Nebraska from 1995-98 where he was an All-Big 12 selection two times. He led his team in assists all three seasons and finished with 15.9 points per game before becoming a first round draft pick in 1998.
Lue was in attendance for the halftime ceremony and watched as his No. 10 was raised up alongside fellow Huskers greats Stuart Lantz, Dave Hoppen and Eric Piatkowski.
“I’ve watched some old tape on Tyronn Lue. He was so fun to watch and could get separation,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles told Nebraska Athletics ahead of Thursday's game. “He really was a guy who was a special player, powerful in his legs, got into his shot and was a lot fun…and a winner."
"Its unbelievable what you've done in a short time."— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) February 3, 2017
-Coach Nee to Tyronn Luehttps://t.co/B16NzTLBR6
The Memphis native went on to win a pair of NBA championships as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers and one so far as a head coach, after taking over the reins in Cleveland midway through last season. His Cavaliers dramatically came back from a 3-1 best-of-seven deficit to knock off the Golden State Warriors.
Lue was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2013.