The potential of John Beilein walking away from the Cleveland Cavaliers during his first season with the team came as a shock to many, but there continue to be hints that all is not well behind the scenes that could make that news less surprising.
Cavaliers second-year point guard Collin Sexton hinted at behind-the-scenes issues with Beilein during an interview at All-Star Weekend in Chicago, where he suggested that Beilein’s detailed, college-style coaching was too demanding and would wear out players before the end of the season.
“You know how he is, he is very detail-oriented and it’s detail, detail, detail,” Sexton said, via Sean Deveney of Forbes. “He loves details. And he always wants us to make sure that when we are out there, we are giving it our all. College coaches, you know how they are — they want you to go 1,000 percent every second of the day. He’s been in college for 20 years, more than that. We’ve had to tell him, like, ‘Coach, we’ve got 82 (games), we can’t kill ourselves.'”
The Cavaliers are 14-40, meaning Beilein has already lost as many games this season as he had during his final four years at Michigan combined. That isn’t surprising, but that amount of losing is definitely new to him. Add in that NBA players demand a different type of coaching than college ones do and it’s not a shock that Beilein is struggling so much that he and the Cavs might part ways. Asking the 67-year-old Beilein to adapt his coaching style at this stage of his career was never likely to work, not to mention the other issues he’s made for himself. Sexton’s words sum that up, and if he does go, it doesn’t sound like many of his players will be too bothered.
Kevin Love was at the center of a report on Saturday that said he had an outburst at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ general manager. Based on his actions later in the day, the report seems true.
Love got visibly frustrated with teammate Collin Sexton before halftime of the Cavaliers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday evening. Sexton was dribbling out the shot clock in the final 20 seconds of the first half and did not pass the ball to Love, who appeared to want the ball to take advantage of a mismatch while being guarded by Chris Paul. After finally getting the ball from Sexton, Love angrily fired a two-handed pass to Cedi Osman.
Love’s outburst towards GM Koby Altman centered around the veteran reportedly expressing his disgust with the organization. Love previously had an outburst during the team’s game against Toronto in which he complained about how selfish the team was playing. Sexton’s lack of passing on that possession seems to illustrate Love’s issue.
We’re a third of the way through the NBA season, and a number of players have staked an early claim for postseason hardware. Recently, we reviewed 10 early candidates for MVP.
Though no rookie will enter that conversation this season (the last rookie to win the award was Wes Unseld in 1968-69), a few first-year players look like future MVP candidates. Here are 10 rookies who have gotten off to a hot start – the leading candidates, at this point, to win Rookie of the Year.
10. Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets
Bridges made an interesting decision choosing to return to Michigan State for his sophomore year. Though he had a solid season, he didn’t help his draft stock, and he may have hurt it slightly. A top prospect out of high school, he fell to No. 12 in the draft. In his rookie campaign, Bridges isn’t putting up jaw-dropping numbers — 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. But he’s playing 20 minutes a night for a surprisingly good Charlotte team (currently No. 6 in the East), and he’s shooting 48.4 percent from the field. Last week, he dropped a career-high 16 points and connected on three of his six three-point attempts. Look for his role in James Borrego’s offense to continue to increase.
Cleveland Cavaliers interim head coach Larry Drew is trying to get the team’s players to back off rookie Collin Sexton a little.
The Cavs lost at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-86 on Wednesday night to fall to 1-10 this season. There has been a lot of finger pointing going around as the team tries to find itself without LeBron James.
According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, Drew told some of the team’s players to stop being so critical of Sexton.
#Cavs Larry Drew said he pulled some players aside in Orlando to tell them to stop being so critical of Collin Sexton and to understand he’s 19 years old and will make mistakes
The Cavs’ game against Orlando was on Monday, two days after a story by The Athletic’s Joe Vardon was published. In that story, Vardon said veteran Cavs players were critical of Sexton and accused him of not knowing how to play. Sexton was criticized for not knowing how to defend the pick and roll, how to set up his teammates offensively, and for not taking losses hard enough. Keep in mind that Sexton is 19 and only has 11 games of NBA experience.
Many of the Cavs veterans are holdovers from LeBron’s time and are used to playing in the NBA Finals. They’re obviously having a tough time dealing with a rebuilding team that’s giving significant minutes to a 19-year-old.
It may just be Summer League, but don’t tell Collin Sexton that.
During the Cleveland Cavaliers’ semifinal game against the LA Lakers in Las Vegas on Monday, the Cavs rookie put on an impassioned display on the final defensive possession of regulation. Guarding Lakers guard Josh Hart in isolation with the score tied at 98 and just seconds to go, Sexton got into an intense stance with his arms out in front and bared his teeth at his opponent.
I thought i had seen it all and then i watched Collin Sexton try to intimidate his opponent by flexing on DEFENSE thank you so much for this pic.twitter.com/v5NaATVmWR
Hart would go on to pull up for a three and miss, giving the Cavs the ball back with 1.6 seconds left. While the game eventually went into double overtime where the Cavs lost by the final of 112-109, Twitter loved Sexton’s ferocity.
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Collin Sexton raised some eyebrows by wearing Kyrie Irving’s old No. 2, but Irving isn’t really concerned.
Now with the Boston Celtics, Irving said it’s “cool” that Sexton is wearing the number, and is excited to see him play in the league.
“Go ahead, do what you do. He wanted to wear the number, let him wear the number. It doesn’t matter,” Irving said Monday, via Ian Begley of ESPN. “The story is probably going to the number. But I’m more excited about who [Sexton] is as a player in the league,” Irving added. “The number thing is like, just chalk that up to the game. It’s cool. It’s no hard feelings from my end. He just has to start at the chopping block just like everyone else did. So I’m excited for him.”
Irving wore the number when he hit the game-winning shot to clinch Cleveland’s first and only NBA title, and while he appreciates Cleveland fans who think the number shouldn’t be in circulation thanks to that moment, he thinks his place in history has already been secured.
“The history, it’s already captured, man. I was on one of the best teams in NBA history, in my opinion, just accomplishing something that was that much bigger than ourselves,” Irving said. “A feat that’s — we’re one of no other teams. We’re one of one, in history [to rebound from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit]. So for me, I think the biggest thing is giving that jersey to my dad. If that’s where the No. 2 legacy ends, then cool. Then I’m starting up a new one. No pressure for anyone else.”
The newest member of the Cleveland Cavaliers is doing what he can to convince LeBron James to return to the team.
Collin Sexton was drafted No. 8 overall by Cleveland on Thursday. The former Alabama star was asked to make his pitch to LeBron, who is considering opting out of his deal to become a free agent and sign elsewhere.
Sexton said that he recognized LeBron needed some extra pieces and thinks he could help him return to the NBA Finals:
With Warriors-versus-Cavs 4.0 in the books, NBA fans are already obsessing over the offseason. Where will LeBron sign? Which other superstars could be on the move? Which contenders will morph into bottom-feeders, and vice versa?
In this wildly unpredictable league, it seems like anything could happen.
Before the July 1 commencement of free agency, however, teams are focused on the draft. Last year’s draft provided immediate-impact players for playoff teams like the Jazz (Donovan Mitchell), Celtics (Jayson Tatum), and Warriors (Jordan Bell). Other rookies, like Lonzo Ball and Lauri Markkanen, didn’t play for contenders, but they were starters from day one and had a significant influence on their team’s fortunes.
With this year’s draft fast approaching – it’s slated for Thursday, June 21 – we have identified 10 prospects who are positioned to immediately jump into the rotation and make an impact for their new teams.
10. Jalen Brunson, PG, Villanova
Brunson will never be a captivating highlight-reel guy. He plays below the rim, and there isn’t much flash in his game. But the guy possesses all the intangibles. He was the unquestioned leader on Jay Wright’s national title squad. Brunson, the Naismith Player of the Year and son of former NBA player Rick Brunson, is only 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, but he has a strong frame; no one is going to push him around. The junior from Illinois also possesses incredible basketball IQ and maturity. Don’t expect him to experience a rough transition to the pro level. He knows what he can and cannot do, and that self-awareness should position him for success.
After weeks of speculation about which teams would squeak in and who would be left out, after Joe Lunardi frantically updated his Bracketology predictions dozens of times, the NCAA Tournament is finally here.
Aside from the shocking upsets, the dramatic buzzer-beaters, and the emergence of unlikely heroes, one of the best parts of the tournament each year is getting the opportunity to watch future lottery picks — many of whom will be one-and-done — compete with each other at the collegiate level. The 2017 tournament included Kansas’ Josh Jackson, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Duke’s Jayson Tatum, Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox, among others.
The top 11 picks in the NBA’s 2017 draft were freshmen or international players, and nine of them played in the tournament. One (Gonzaga’s Zach Collins) made it all the way to the Final Four.
So, which future NBA players should you keep an eye on as the tourney gets underway? Which prospects could blossom into household names this March? Here are 10 future lottery picks to watch.
March Madness is once again officially upon us, and the dramatic buzzer-beaters are piling up as players look to lead their teams to NCAA Tournament bids and beyond. For Alabama, it was Collin Sexton who played the role of hero.
With the Crimson Tide trailing Texas A&M by one and 4.4 seconds remaining in their second round SEC Tournament Game, Sexton went coast-to-coast and converted a finger roll at the buzzer.
To make the moment even more dramatic, Sexton’s basket likely punched Alabama’s ticket to The Dance.
A lot of players would have pulled up well beyond the 3-point line, so Sexton deserves a ton of credit for his clock awareness. The Tide may have won yet another college football championship, but they can’t let Nick Saban’s team have all the fun.