Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Cavaliers’ Bickerstsff signs extension through 2026-27 season

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. He is now signed through the 2026-27 season.

The financial terms of the extension were not disclosed. 

J.B. Bickerstaff looks on and signals to his players against the Boston Celtics (Getty Images)

“J.B. Bickerstaff is, with all certainty, the right head coach to lead this franchise into what we believe is a very promising future,” Cavaliers GM Koby Altman said. “The decision to extend J.B. is not based solely on the early success of this season, but rather a body of work since his arrival to Cleveland. His leadership style, coaching experience and commitment to player development has instilled a growing confidence that resonates across our entire organization. We continue to see innovative and strategic examples of his impact on this roster, coupled by his unique ability to build upon a culture that leads to sustainable success.”

Bickerstaff has the young and talented Cavaliers off to a 19-13 record. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. 

The team is presently the fifth-best team in the Eastern Conference. They are also just a half-game behind the Miami Heat. 

Cleveland is also one game behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who are the No. 3 seed. 

The team has been impacted by COVID restrictions like much of the league in recent games. A few days ago, the team had eight players in the NBA’s health and safety protocol. 

The Cavaliers had won six straight games until Wednesday night. Cleveland was defeated by the Boston Celtics 111-101. 

Bickerstaff took over as the interim head coach when John Beilein parted ways with the team near the middle of the 2019-20 season. Before being named the interim head coach in Cleveland, he also served as interim head coach with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. 

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The 42-year-old is 46-69 since taking over for Beilein. However, with the young core in place in Cleveland, the team’s future is very bright. 

This team has the potential to be the best team without LeBron James since he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. The best record without James came during the 203-14 season when the team went 33-49. 

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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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