JB Bickerstaff: Cavaliers Are ‘Pissed Off’ About Being Excluded of NBA Restart
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Monday the company is “pissed off” it didn’t receive the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Bickerstaff explained throughout a look on The Woj Pod with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Cavs comprehend the safety-based decision to just include 22 groups but added it provides “internal motivation” to the coaches and players progressing:
The Cavaliers owned the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 19-46 when play was stopped March 11 since of COVID-19. Only the Golden State Warriors (15-50) had an even worse mark in the West.
In turn, Cleveland was one of the eight groups left on the sidelines for the expected resumption of play, however those groups may discover other methods to get video games in.
The Cavs were one of the teams that went over the capacity for joint practices followed by a local summer league for teams that didn’t make the reboot cut, per Wojnarowski.
Along with the regional groups, which would consist of about three televised video games, those teams are looking for an extra week to 10 days contributed to their training school before the 2020-21 season to offset not being consisted of, according to Woj.
Cleveland is trying to restore its roster around the guard tandem of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, top-10 picks over the past 2 years. So the extra games, even in more of an exhibit environment, might help Bickerstaff and his staff start laying the foundation for next season.
The Cavs are most likely still a couple of years far from major contention, however, unless they’re able to make a couple of blockbuster moves during the offseason.