On Friday, The Athletic published a report that said some Cleveland Cavaliers players have “drown out” John Beilein's voice.
If you have not yet seen the report, here you go.
Well, according to a new report from Cleveland.com, The Athletic may want to get some better sources as Cavaliers' players are now coming to the defense of Beilein following the negative comments that were allegedly made.
One by one, members of the Cleveland Cavaliers were asked about a midday report in which teammates questioned first-year head coach John Beilein’s methods, comparing his operation to college and stating that players had already drowned out his voice just 20 games into the new era.
“I don’t really see the comparison of college,” John Henson said before praising Beilein for reminding him of his old Hall-of-Fame coach at North Carolina, Roy Williams. “This is an NBA team, it’s run like an NBA team. What he’s doing, I don’t think anybody’s complaining. I think it’s kind of overshot, you know what I mean? They just kind of ran with it media wise. I think he’s doing fine, got a great staff. You saw tonight, we played hard, played well within our schemes, just didn’t come (out) on top.”
Cavs vocal leader Tristan Thompson also chimed in the report.
“Y’all better find them names ‘cause I’ll pull up on ‘em right now,” Thompson said. “You can’t do that s—.
“At the end of the day if you’re going to build a culture and a family, you can’t have that Chatty Patty s— going on. That s— is whack to me. Everyone’s got to look in the mirror, there’s only so much coach can do and there’s only so much we can do. Do we have the best roster in the NBA? No. But we’re going to go out there and compete every night. Guys got to look in the mirror. So I hope whoever reported that was just bulls——g and blamed it on a player.”
Larry Nance Jr., who admitted wanting to play for Beilein at Michigan before ending up at Wyoming, echoed those thoughts.
“Ideally you want to keep that in house if there was those issues,” he said. “I guess that’s today, today’s NBA. Am I worried about it? No. My job doesn’t change. I’m going to play as hard as I can for as long as I can and try to get us to win.”
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