The chaos that is being the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has once again reached a boiling point, as Wednesday afternoon coach John Beilein resigned as the voice of the team.
Oddly enough the team announced that Beilein will be reassigned to a different role within the organization.
Beilein lasted just nine months as the coach of the Cavaliers. The now former Cavs coach put out a statement Wednesday regarding him stepping down.
“Over these last nine months, I have given my all to this organization, but after much reflection, I have decided that it is best that I step back and resign from my position as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and assist the organization in a different capacity,” said Beilein.
“I am very grateful to Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman and the entire Cavaliers organization for the opportunity they have provided me.”
“This was a very difficult decision for me, but I want to be clear – this was my decision to step down and I truly appreciate the understanding and support of the front office during this time. 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.”
“I also would not be doing this now, during the season, if J.B. Bickerstaff was not ready and capable to assume the head coaching role immediately and continue the rebuilding process that we have started. For 45 years and more than 1,300 games, my journey as a basketball coach has been a dream come true.
“I have never been afraid of a challenge and have given each one my all – sometimes to the detriment of my own well-being. I want to thank my wife, Kathleen, for being by my side and I appreciate the outpouring of support from family, friends, and colleagues during this time. I look forward to being able to spend more time with my wife, kids and grandchildren over the coming months.”
As Beilein stated the team will now have Bickerstaff as their head coach for the remainder of the 2020 campaign.
The Cavaliers inked the former Michigan coach to a five-year deal last May.
Prior to being named as the coach of the Cavs, Beilein spent 12 years as head coach at Michigan, leaving with a 278–150 record and nine NCAA tournament appearances.
He also previously coached at West Virginia, Richmond, Canisius, Division II Le Moyne and Nazareth College.