Well, that wasn’t what we were expecting.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, shocked the basketball world this morning, when news broke that they intended to hire John Beilein, as their new Head Coach.
Although the financials have yet to be released, Beilien, has reportedly signed a five-year deal to coach the Cavs
The 66 year-old, who had been the Head Coach of the Michigan Wolverines, for the last twelve years, had prior stops at Canisius, Richmond, and West Virginia, as well as fourteen seasons in NCAA’s Division ll, and lll. During that time, the offensive-minded Beilien, has amassed a (829-468) record, and two trips to the Final Four, including in 2013 and 2018, where the Wolverines made the championship game, losing to Louisville, and Villanova respectively.
Despite the move coming as a surprise, the 2018 CBS National Coach of the Year Award winner, has ties to the organization, as the team’s Assistant General Manager Mike Gansey, played under Beilien, at West Virginia, from 2004 to 2006.
Beilein, takes over for interim Head Coach Larry Drew, who got the job six games into the regular season, after the Cavs decided to fire Tyronn Lue, who helped guide the franchise to their only NBA championship in 2016, but had a roster that was mostly devoid of talent, after the departure of superstar LeBron James, last summer.
Fortunately for Beilien, who has no prior NBA coaching experience, the cupboard isn’t totally bare in Cleveland, as the franchise has promising young Point Guard Collin Sexton. In his rookie season last year, the Alabama product averaged nearly 17 points a game.
The Cavs, who finished with the league’s second worst record at (19-63) are in position to make their Head Coaches’ transition to the pros even easier, as they along with the Phoenix Suns, and New York Knicks, who all have a fourteen percent chance of landing the first overall selection in the upcoming NBA Draft, will find out exactly where they are picking, in tomorrow night’s draft lottery.