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Bickerstaff signs multi-year contract with Cavs

  • J.B. Bickerstaff, 41, replaced John Beilein in February and has overseen a 5-5 record in Cleveland.
Modified 11 Mar 2020, 07:56 IST
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to a multi-year contract, the NBA franchise announced on Tuesday.

Bickerstaff took over from former Cavaliers coach John Beilein, who resigned following a short stint at the helm of the lowly Eastern Conference team in February.

Since replacing Beilein, the 41-year-old Bickerstaff has overseen a 5-5 record with the Cavs (19-45), which has included wins over the Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.

"I can't tell you how excited I am for this opportunity to lead the Cavaliers and our promising and enthusiastic group of players that has been assembled here in Cleveland," said Bickerstaff.

"I want to thank Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman for having the trust and faith in my ability to coach this team, but also allowing me the freedom and endless resources to assist in creating a sustainable culture of winning and professional growth. Our players have done a phenomenal job of maintaining a high level of professionalism and growing maturity, of which I have been very appreciative.

"I also take great pride and consider it an honour and privilege to live and coach in this community with my family, in front of this fan base and for this franchise. It has truly been a blessing and I look forward to the journey ahead."


Published 11 Mar 2020, 07:56 IST
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