Cleveland Cavaliers Part Ways with Beilein, Promote Bickerstaff to HC
A good culture leads to winning and when it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they continue to struggle to find the right form of leadership at the top.
On Tuesday, the team has opted to part ways with head coach John Beilein and promote J.B. Bickerstaff from associate head coach to full-time head coach. Bickerstaff has previously been a head coach in Houston and Memphis, ironically replacing Kevin McHale and David Fizdale in-season on an interim basis. Now, he will take charge of a bench once again.
Meanwhile, Beilein is set to walk away from more than $12 million guaranteed on his four-year contract.
A legendary head coach in the college ranks, spending time at Michigan and West Virginia, Beilein failed to find similar success on the NBA level. According to reports, Beilein was unable to consistently relate to his players and per once source, acted as “a dictator – not a coach suited for today’s NBA.”
Things are in fact going so poorly for the Cavaliers organization that Andre Drummond, who joined the Cavs at the deadline, is rumoured to be taken aback by how much worse than situation is in Cleveland compared to his old stomping grounds in Detroit. On the hook for a $29-million player option for next season, the dire situation in Cleveland may force Drummond to opt-out and look to sign a long-term deal elsewhere.
Things are getting from back to worse in The Land.