Building a New Culture With a “Very Promising Future”

The Cavs front office is highly impressed with the coaching job of Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff. So much so that they have extended Bickerstaff’s contract to coach the team through the 2026-2027 season.

J.B. has worked with Cavs GM Kolby Altman to help mold this Cavs team into a hardworking, next man up and fight to the end basketball team. Built around a young core of talented, hardworking players like Darius Garland, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, the future looks bright under J.B.’s leadership.

This season, the Cavaliers are currently sitting at a 19-13 record (compared to 11-21 last season after 32 games). They’re in 5th place in the Eastern Conference and making their mark defensively this season. So far, the Cavs are holding opponents to the second-lowest scoring average in the league at just over 101 points per game.

The Cavs have won seven of their last 10 games. The team even went on a six-game win streak before Covid-19 health and safety protocols sidelined several of Cleveland’s roster.

Furthermore, the Cavs have played very solid under coach Bickerstaff; 12 of their 19 wins this season are versus teams with +500 records.

When asked about Bickerstaff’s future in Cleveland, GM Kolby Altman stated, “J.B. Bickerstaff is, with all certainty, the right head coach to lead this franchise into what we believe is a very promising future.”

Altman continued, “The decision to extend J.B. is not based solely on the early success of this season, but rather a body of work since his arrival to Cleveland. His leadership style, coaching experience, and commitment to player development has instilled a growing confidence that resonates across our entire organization. We continue to see innovative and strategic examples of his impact on this roster, coupled by his unique ability to build upon a culture that leads to sustainable success.”

Cavs players agree with the front office move. Kevin Love, Cavs’ veterans forward, tweeted, “Yessir!!! Much deserved. Love and respect for the Bickerstaff family!!!” In response to the contract extension news.

Do you agree with Bickerstaff’s contract extension? If not, do you think it was too soon (32 games into a new season)? Let us know what you think.

 

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