Cavaliers add Bickerstaff as associate head coach

J.B. Bickerstaff has been hired by the Cavs as associate head coach.

The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to build their new coaching staff Sunday with the hiring of former Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff as associate head coach to the team’s new head coach, John Beilein, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

His father, Bernie, serves as senior advisor for the Cavs.

Bickerstaff was named interim coach in November 2017 after the Grizzlies fired David Fizdale. He was given the job without the interim title last May. After a 12-5 start, the Grizzlies fell hard, finishing 33-49 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season. On the same day Bickerstaff was fired, general manager  Chris Wallace was demoted to scout.

The 40-year-old Bickerstaff, the son of former NBA head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, has compiled a record of 85-131 (.394) as a head coach, having led the Houston Rockets to a 37-34 mark after taking over for the fired Kevin McHale after 11 games in the 2015-16 season.

— Sam Amico contributed to this report

1 Comment on "Cavaliers add Bickerstaff as associate head coach"

  1. Associate head? Who will be the assistant associate head? Or should I say associate associate head?

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