It isn’t working with John Beilein.
They tried and it is failing miserably, so I am not sure how long this can continue. LeBron isn’t coming back to save them this time.
After stunning his players in a film session Wednesday with a verbal suggestion that they were no longer playing “like a bunch of thugs,” Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein later reached out to players individually to insist he instead meant to use the word “slugs.”
Delivering the term thugs onto a group of largely young African-American men carries obvious racial connotations, and Beilein acknowledged to ESPN in a telephone conversation Wednesday night that he understood that.
“I didn’t realize that I had said the word ‘thugs,’ but my staff told me later I did and so I must have said it,” Beilein told ESPN on Wednesday night. “I meant to say slugs, as in slow moving. We weren’t playing hard before, and now we were playing harder. I meant it as a compliment.
I am not sure how you confused Thugs and Slugs, but that is what he is going with.
Flip the page to see Kevin Love just pissed off at the world having to play with this team.