John Beilein Stepping Down As Cavs Coach?
Is John Beilein stepping down as Cavs coach?
Conversations that have taken place between Cavaliers management and Beilein would indicate so.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhost of ESPN, the Cavaliers and Beilein are reportedly discussed the option of Beilein possibly stepping down over the All-Star Break.
To date, Cleveland is 14-40 through 54 games and sits dead last in the Eastern Conference.
The only team with a worse record than the Cavaliers at this stage is the Golden State Warriors, who are 12-43.
Beilein may step down in the next few days, or he may wait until season’s end, but either way his time in the league is coming to a close.
The former Michigan head coach has struggled to connect with players at the NBA level, and numerous controversies have undermined his credibility with his team.
If Beilein does step down before the end of the year, associate head coach JB Bickerstaff would take over. The plan was always for Bickerstaff to succeed Beilein, but most within the Cavaliers organization just figured that it would not happen so soon.
Beilein was inked to a five-year deal with Cleveland this past May after amassing a 571-325 career at the collegiate level. He made the Final Four with Michigan in 2017 and was an NCAA Tournament participant for four years in a row.
Unfortunately for Beilein, the professional game is significantly different from the college game – a lesson he learned the hard way over the past few months.
A final decision on Beilein’s status is expected at some point in the next few days.