John Beilein is officially out as the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach. The move was made official today, as Beilein stepped down.
“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, who left Michigan for the Cavs job ahead of the 2019-20 season, said in a statement.
Cavs star Kevin Love has reacted to Beilein’s decision. The All-Star forward revealed that the Cavs’ players could have done more to help Beilein transition into the NBA.
Love, though, added that he “respects the hell” out of Beilein for how he handled his decision to leave. Beilein explained his decision to the players before practice this week.
“Us players, in some ways — really, in a lot of ways — we could have been a lot better,” Love said, per WKYC. “Naturally we have a lot of young players on this team. As veterans, we’re trying to figure out ways to help young fellas, as well as the coaching staff. When you look at things in their entirety and as an accumulation, that’s when you start to see the story. It’s really not just one man.”
The Cavs are one of the worst teams in the NBA this season at 14-40. Cleveland is set to play at Washington on Friday.
Cleveland has named J.B. Bickerstaff the team’s head coach with 28 games to go this season.
Beilein, meanwhile, will transition into an off-court role for Cleveland, though speculation about his return to college has already begun.