Cavaliers coach Beilein continues to face skepticism

Cavaliers coach John Beilein is experiencing some scrutiny in his first NBA season.

First-year Cavaliers coach John Beilein is facing skepticism across the NBA after calling his players “thugs” during a film session Wednesday night in Detroit.

Beilein told ESPN he misspoke and that he intended to refer to the players as slugs. He added that he has since spoken to some members of the team individually.

“Across the NBA, there is a lot of skepticism to say the least,” said veteran NBA reporter Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. “The word ‘slug’ is not a word you hear in the vernacular of NBA coaches. You don’t hear coaches say, ‘You’re playing like a bunch of slugs.’ It just doesn’t connect with a lot of people in the NBA.”

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