John Beilein’s surprisingly brief tenure as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers is over after only 54 games at the helm.
In the wake of Wednesday’s announcement making the move official, Kevin Love is taking responsibility for how the manner in which he conducted himself at points this season played a significant role in Beilein’s departure.
By all accounts, the Cavaliers’ decision to hire a longtime college coach — along with the suspicion that Beilein would fail to adjust to NBA players — arguably was all but doomed to fail from the start.
While that may indeed have been the case, Love believes not only himself but the entire Cavaliers roster needs to take ownership of their role in how things played out so poorly under Beilein.
“We gotta do a little check on ourselves too. We gotta look at ourselves in the mirror too,” Love said, per Ben Axelrod of WKYC. “I was talking about passing that mirror test. Definitely myself — I’ve been a s–thead at some points this season. I let losing get the best of me, and nobody likes to do that … it’s really just looking at ourselves and finding out how we can get better. And from there, trying to put it all together.”
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Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude By Jason Rowan | Last updated 2/20/20
John Beilein was unable to make it through a full season in his first year as an NBA head coach, and his inability to relate to his players appears to have been the biggest reason for that. While Beilein insisted he misspoke last month when he called his players “thugs,” that was ultimately the beginning of the end for him with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Athletic published an in-depth look at what went wrong with Beilein in his first NBA coaching gig, and it’s clear the infamous film session on Jan. 8 became a huge issue for Cavs players. During that session, Beilein called his players “thugs, and he later apologized and said he meant to call them “slugs” in reference to their slow play. Several players didn’t accept the explanation or the apology, according to The Athletic.
Even after Beilein apologized, some Cavs players reportedly began taunting him by intentionally playing songs that included the word “thug” when Beilein was present. They apparently did this on numerous occasions.
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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 2/19/20
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein came under fire this week for a term he used during a film session with his players, and you can count Shaquille O’Neal among those who do not understand what all the fuss is about.
Shaq and the rest of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” crew discussed the Beilein situation on Thursday night, and the general consensus seemed to be that it has been blown out of proportion. Shaq said he believes Beilein when the coach claimed he meant to call his players “slugs” and not “thugs,” but the Hall of Famer said they shouldn’t have been offended either way.
“If you have to be apologized to for your coach calling you a thug, you ain’t gonna never win,” Shaq said. “You’re soft, period. … Stop being so sensitive.”
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By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 1/10/20
The Cavaliers have picked a head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports that the team has reached a deal with Michigan’s John Beilein.
The two sides have agreed to a five-year contract, per Wojnarowski.
It’s a surprising conclusion to a lengthy head coaching search which saw the Cavs focused primarily on NBA assistants. The club reportedly interviewed nearly a dozen other candidates, most of whom are currently members of NBA staffs, including Ettore Messina (Spurs), David Vanterpool (Trail Blazers), Alex Jensen (Jazz) and many others.
Instead of going with one of those options though, Cleveland will dip into the college ranks for Beilein, who informed Michigan’s administration on Monday morning of his decision to make the leap to the NBA, according to Wojnarowski.
Woj adds that discussions between Beilein and the Cavs escalated over the weekend before they reached an agreement on Sunday.
Beilein, a veteran NCAA coach who had stops at a number of other schools — including West Virginia, Richmond and Canisius, before arriving at Michigan — has a career college record of 754-425 (.640). With the Wolverines, that mark is 278-150 (.650). Although he didn’t win an NCAA championship at Michigan, he led the team to appearances in the title game in 2013 and 2018.
Beilein interviewed last spring for the Pistons’ head coaching job and also talked to the Magic, but ultimately decided to stick with the Wolverines. It appears his interest in the NBA was legit though, and now he’ll get the opportunity to reunite with Cavaliers assistant general manager Mike Gansey. As Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports observes, Gansey played under Beilein at West Virginia from 2004-06.
By: Like Adams