Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed a contract with JB Bickerstaff to become the team's assistant head coach, Rangers general manager Koby Altman announced today. Cleveland clinics.
"We could not be happier or feel more fortunate that JB is joining us as an associate head coach.Have someone with the same level of experience that JB joins Coach Beilein, in partnership and leadership, to guide our team is an excellent thing for us, "Altman said." JB has spent all his life in and around the game and his knowledge of league and basketball will bring a full range of value to the team.His approach to coaching and everything that goes on the field off is exactly the kind of perspective, commitment and integrity we want for the culture and growth that we will be driving here. "
"It was a very easy decision to add J.B. as the associate head coach. He is a respected and accomplished coach that I am very happy and fortunate to have next to me, "said Cavaliers head coach John Beilein. "When I spoke with J.B., I quickly realized that we shared many of the same core values, principles and points of view about basketball coaching and team culture. I also think that J.B. will bring ideas and leadership that will complement my approach and help the team very effectively. I look forward to merging all his years of NBA experience and expertise into the overall vision of the team. "
Bickerstaff was most recently the head coach of Memphis Grizzlies for the 2018-1919 season after being appointed to this position on April 30, 2018 after being the interim head coach of the last 63 games of the 2017 campaign. -18 Grizzlies. Under Bickerstaff's leadership last season, Memphis recorded the third-best defense scoring in the NBA, limiting his opponents by 106.1 points per game. The Grizzlies also held 10 opponents with less than 90 points in the NBA, a top in the NBA, last season and remained undefeated at those games. Memphis has limited 17 opponents to less than 40% of the shots last season, tied with Utah for second place in the NBA.
Prior to his stay in Memphis, Bickerstaff spent five seasons (2011-2016) with the Houston Rockets, where he was promoted to Acting Head Coach at the start of the 2015-16 season and led the Rockets to a 37 victory. to 34 to close the season. with a place in series
Bickerstaff's additional coaching experience includes four seasons (2007-2011) with the Minnesota Timberwolves and three seasons (2004-2007) with the Charlotte Bobcats, led by his father and current Cavaliers Basketball Advisor. , Bernie Bickerstaff. The youngest assistant coach in the NBA at age 25 when he debuted with the Bobcats in 2004-05, Bickerstaff followed suit with his father, who was the youngest assistant coach when he joined the NBA at 29. years in 1973.
Prior to joining the NBA, Bickerstaff was the operations director of the men's basketball program at the University of Minnesota. He oversaw all administrative areas of the program and assisted the training staff in recruitment, monitoring and training. Bickerstaff played two seasons (1999-2001) with the Golden Gophers to complete his university career after his first two years at Oregon State University, where he was the youngest Division I player at the age of 17 years.