Bickerstaff Receives Four-Year Extension, to Remain Head Coach of Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers have found their man of the future.
Of course, John Beilein was previously thought of as being that man, but following a few bumps along the way, the Cavaliers parted ways with the legendary college coach midway through his first NBA season. Taking his place in on an interim basis was J.B. Bickerstaff, who has since impressed the front office.
On Tuesday, the team announced that it has reached a long-term extension with Bickerstaff, ideally keeping the coach around through the 2023-24 season.
“They bought in automatically,” Bickerstaff said. “They’re competing, playing together and doing all the things we’ve been trying to push. They’ve led the way and made it easy for us as coaches. It’s exciting just to be a part of it. They’re obviously the ones that are gonna carry us.
“It’s our jobs as coaches to just steer the ship a little bit.”
Cleveland and coach JB Bickerstaff's new contract extends four years — through the 2023-2024 season, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 10, 2020
Despite still being one of the league’s basement dwellers, the Cavs are 5-6 since the coaching change.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of J.B.’s caliber and basketball pedigree lead our franchise as head coach,” said general manager Koby Altman. “His wealth of experience, coupled with the respect he has garnered around the NBA and with this team, has made for a seamless transition from associate head coach to head coach.
“The amount of grit and determination instilled in our players, from both an accountability and attention to detail standpoint over this short period of time, has been met with admiration, respect and overall excitement throughout our entire locker room. We have already observed the impact he has made on our players through his first 10 games as head coach and we are looking forward to seeing just how far he can effectively drive our developing culture and lead this franchise into the future.”
The 41-year old Bickerstaff previously coached the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies.