Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

John Beilein expected to leave job as Cavaliers' coach

John Beilein expected to leave job as Cavaliers' coach

John Beilein is reportedly leaving his head coaching position with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the team will promote associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to the full-time role, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Furthermore, Beilein clashed with players, used controversial language during team meetings and never got the full support of his veterans in his first season as the Cavs' head coach. He also took on a interim role with the Memphis Grizzlies following David Fizzdale's firing in 2017, going 15-48.

Prior to that incident, a report by The Athletic said three players on the Cavaliers were unhappy with Beilein because he was treating them like college players.

The Cavaliers are in the midst of a 14-40 season that sees them sitting last in the Eastern Conference.

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Beilein left the University of MI last summer to sign a five-year deal with the Cavaliers. He could go back to the college level nearly immediately, as there would likely be no shortage of teams looking to reproduce the results he had at MI.

This will now be the third time Bickerstaff has been promoted from assistant to head coach in the middle of a season. Bickerstaff, who has been an National Basketball Association head coach for Memphis and Houston, would be the Cavs' sixth coach in the past seven seasons.

Per Wojnarowski, Bickerstaff was hired with a plan in mind of him succeeding the 67-year-old Beilein, but the transition is obviously happening sooner than anyone expected.

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