John Beilein explains decision to step down as Cavaliers head coach
John Beilein’s NBA run lasted 54 games. The longtime college basketball head coach struggled with the transition to the NBA and failed to connect with players, according to multiple reports.
Beilein’s decision to step down as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers came during the NBA’s All-Star Break, with the official announcement being released on Wednesday. With a 14-40 record through the first half of the season, it was clear the team’s struggles were affecting the former Michigan head coach.
“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,” Beilein said in a statement. “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.”
It was surprising news following the 2018-19 college basketball season that Beilein decided to leave Michigan for the NBA. Considering the amount of success the head coach had on the college level, a jump to the professional ranks, especially so late in his career, seemed like an odd decision.
But it may have Beilein’s one chance to see what the NBA game was like, and he took the opportunity. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t go quite as well as he had hoped.