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ESPN's Jackie MacMullan Shares Telling John Beilein-Cavs Story

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein on the floor.

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JANUARY 30: Head coach John Beilein of the Cleveland Cavaliers yells to his players during the first half against the Toronto Raptors at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on January 30, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach John Beilein officially announced his resignation on Wednesday evening.

Beilein, 67, is stepping down less than one full season into his Cavs tenure. The former Michigan Wolverines head coach came to the NBA before the 2019-20 season.

“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," Beilein said in a statement.

The losing was certainly tough, but there have also been stories about Beilein's disconnect with his players and the NBA in general. He reportedly called his players "thugs" during a film session, later explaining that he meant to say "slugs" to describe their slow play. It's likely that the incident affected Beilein's relationship with at least some of his players.

ESPN NBA insider Jackie MacMullan shared another telling Beilein story on the "Hoop Collective" podcast this week.

"This was a coach that was thinking about practicing on Christmas day," MacMullan said. "That's a lack of understanding of how the NBA works. It just is - the length of the season, the importance of getting your players' head in the right space. They weren't playing on Christmas day and he was considering practicing on Christmas day. Of course, that didn't happen, because someone quickly squashed that."

Beilein clearly was not a great fit at the NBA level. He had tremendous success at the college level and it's possible that's where he'll be in 2020-21.

Several schools have already been mentioned as potential options for Beilein. One is standing out at the moment.