Report: John Beilein contemplating stepping away from NBA in the middle of his first season as Cavs head coach
John Beilein’s rendezvous with the NBA may not last much longer. According to reports, the former Michigan head basketball coach is contemplating whether or not he wants to return with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the All-Star Break.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Beilein and the Cavaliers have discussed the possibility of the head coach stepping down during the NBA All-Star Break. Beilein is midway through the first season of a five-year contract.
Beilein decided to leave Michigan following the 2018-19 season, wanting to give the NBA a try. As Wojnarowski reports, the transition hasn’t been quite as easy as the head coach may have anticipated.
Reporting with @WindhorstESPN: Cavaliers and John Beilein have discussed possibility of him stepping down as coach during the NBA All-Star Break. No decision’s been reached. After signing 5-year deal to leave Michigan, Beilein’s struggled w/ transition to NBA.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 17, 2020
Beilein was enjoying tremendous success at Michigan, so his abrupt decision to leave the program after 12 years was a bit of a shocker. But, at 67, it felt like Beilein would have one last opportunity to take a job in the NBA, so he leaped at the opportunity.
Cleveland currently sits at 14-40 on the season.
In 12 years at Michigan, Beilein compiled a 278-150 record and took the team to nine NCAA Tournaments. Twice, the Wolverines played in the national title game, but were defeated. Michigan won two B1G regular season titles and two B1G Tournament championships during Beilein’s teure.
So far, nothing has been decided on Beilein’s future in the NBA.