By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cleveland Cavaliers have named J.B. Bickerstaff as their permanent head coach. Bickerstaff replaced John Beilein, who stepped away during the NBA All-Star break.
Beilein had a short-lived coaching career with the Cavaliers, as he did not even last one-year on the job. Bickerstaff has been leading the team since the second half of the season.
Bickerstaff has agreed to an extension through the 2023-24 season. It’s a four-year extension.
This deal gives Bickerstaff a chance to prove himself as a long-term head coach once again. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Since he took over, the team has gone 5-5. Under Beilein, the team went 14-40.
The veteran college basketball coach also allegedly called the players thugs at one point in the season during a film session. There was also tension between the players and the coach before his departure.
Bickerstaff gets to be a permanent coach with long-term security once again not long after being fired by the Memphis Grizzlies. The 41-year-old spent several months as the Cavaliers associate head coach under Beilein before his exit.
He coached the Grizzlies for two seasons during the 17-18 season and 18-19 season. In addition, he served as the Houston Rockets interim head coach in 2015-16.
Bickerstaff guided the Rockets to the playoffs that season. They were defeated in the first round, as they lost four games and won one in the series.
As a head coach, he is 90-136 in 226 games.
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