After a tumultuous season that has been filled with chaos within the Cavs locker room, Head Coach John Beilein steps down from his position as Head Coach. Beilein had trouble building relationships with the veterans on the team, while also using a poor choice in his words during team meetings.
Beilein, who has a decorated college coaching resume, assumed he would be able to coach in the NBA similarly to how he coached in college. Unfortunately for John, they are two different beasts. With that being said, it did not take long for him to realize the difference in asserting himself as the leader of the locker room. Before, he was laying down the law on college kids that were still in hopes of making it to the NBA. In the league, he couldn’t do that the same way because he’s coaching grown men that make more money than he does. That’s why “player’s coaches” have seen more success with keeping their jobs and their players happy as of late. Calling your players “thugs” doesn’t help too much either. In fact, it can cause pettiness as the players reportedly would play music in the locker room that said the word thug or had the word thug in the song title amongst other trolling tactics.
After holding on for dear life trying to coach this unreceptive team, Beilein stepped down from being the Head Coach of the Cavs with a 14-40 record. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. Even his statement makes it clear that this was a difficult task that he was unprepared for.
“Over these last nine months, I have given my all to this organization, but after much reflection, I have decided that it is best that I step back and resign from my position as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and assist the organization in a different capacity,” Beilein said in a statement. “I am very grateful to [owner] Dan Gilbert, [general manager] Koby Altman and the entire Cavaliers organization for the opportunity they have provided me. This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to be clear — this was my decision to step down and I truly appreciate the understanding and support of the front office during this time. I find losing very challenging and this year has taken a much bigger toll on me than I expected. I grew concerned for the consequences this toll could potentially take on my own health and my family’s well-being down the road. I was not certain I could be at my best for the remainder of the season and in the future. That would not be fair to the players, coaches and support staff.”
After Beilein chose to step down, the Cavs decided appoint Associate Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff as the new full time head coach and move Beilein’s role elsewhere within the organization. At this time, that role is unclear but it more than likely has something to do with scouting or within the draft process itself. His connections within the NCAA can help the Cavs locate some of the best prospects.