Report: New Cavaliers coach John Beilein talking to J.B. Bickerstaff about joining staff
John Beilein may be a good hire for the Cavaliers as head coach, but he comes with zero NBA experience. And there is a steep NBA learning curve.
Enter former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Maybe. The sides are talking, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Cavs coach John Beilein and JB Bickerstaff expected to soon discuss possibility of an associate head coaching role, sources tell ESPN. Bickerstaff interviewed for Cavs and Lakers openings. He remains a sought-after top assistant on market. Beilein wants an experienced NBA staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 13, 2019
This is smart on a few levels. Beilein realizes what his weaknesses are and is looking for assistants to help fill in those gaps. Also, Beilein is seen as an offensive-minded coach, so bring in a smart defensive assistant in the form of Bickerstaff.
Whether or not this specific deal comes together, it’s a good sign for the kind of guys the Cavaliers are going to put on their staff.