John Beilein opens up on leaving Michigan basketball

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05:13   |   May 15, 2019 at 07:00


John Beilein opens up on leaving Michigan basketball
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  • what was that decision how long did you
  • it didn't take me that long but
  • a lot of consideration I'm just where we
  • are today's because what the best thing
  • to talk about right now this is really
  • great to be a part of this
  • we have 26 pick in the draft
  • we're a shame because good returning
  • players were in great shape
  • this job and protect
  • you're interested well I think that
  • once I met
  • watch some film on that one
  • and then meeting the support staff maybe
  • Danielle
  • a tough decision much easier for me now
  • the right for me now the right time to
  • leave them yeah you know there's never a
  • good time to leave you know and you can
  • make a couple choices you can leave too
  • early maybe or you leave too late
  • you never know when to leave and and it
  • was
  • I think this was it this was an
  • opportunity that has so much potential
  • use to to difficult fearest to difficult
  • to pass up it was right thing to
  • different we can't raise you about this
  • roster
  • oh I can first of all with great help
  • from our front office we're going to
  • shape it
  • young players Kevin Love today
  • gotta get some got a lot of experience
  • especially pretty talked with all the
  • players today and there's just I feel
  • good karma right now that last year
  • although was difficult for all we all
  • learned a lot everybody's gonna grow
  • from it intact next year with a lot of
  • there's a lot of enthusiasm a lot of
  • spirits a lot of optimism has reached
  • out to you
  • I got great advice today from
  • former NBA coach I want to identify he
  • said my advice is don't don't get too
  • much advice but I am I am yeah
  • heard from 12 I have quite a few
  • I think maybe EdTech coaches that I know
  • fairly well and they all reached out to
  • do in a mug
  • friends to grant Stevens was in the NBA
  • just got better today it's just like
  • really complementary things guys have
  • been to college to be Portland and
  • abandon throws and decide no luck
  • you know this coaching basketball
  • what do you do is the biggest adjustment
  • at this level
  • don't like crying so hard it's going all
  • the time I don't I think you're just
  • gonna have to learn quickly I'm going to
  • have to really learn the NBA language
  • and just obviously begin this
  • relationship with these players build
  • this culture that is rock solid did you
  • know
  • I didn't over at all no mr. snake guy
  • but once we met I think we hit it off
  • right away but she wasn't talking about
  • the number one tricky thing about the
  • talent well I think this is a pretty
  • good draft throughout the whole first
  • job at five or twenty six we're gonna
  • get two good players so
  • I've gone down the list and I played
  • against many of those guys are awesome
  • on TV I saw playing a at you
  • and so it's really exciting to be in
  • that opportunity to have the fifth pick
  • in the draft
  • you know hopefully the only way we're
  • there again is if we because we traded
  • and got that picking somebody else but
  • we're gonna take advantage of it out
  • it's about college basketball tomates
  • change with solar transfers with guys
  • leaving early that kind of turkey waft
  • that - the game is for discussion
  • another time I'm just really happy to be
  • here right now not offended my feet on
  • the floor there's a lot of things
  • we probably can't talked about that
  • later on I saw a clip from your son
  • where he said you were ready for the
  • next challenge I mean I assume that's
  • true but what about this challenge I
  • mean was I thinking
  • I think just the fact that this it
  • weren't great that we're in position to
  • be in position in other words we got
  • good young town we've got a great front
  • office and now and you just combine
  • everything but really what I sense if
  • we're good teammates on the state and
  • now we're just gonna all grow together
  • and I'm gonna lean out a lot of people
  • are experienced but we're gonna make it
  • happen
  • that's what can you share anything
  • conversation
  • there was interesting
  • no I was really about what I was really
  • impressed with and the striking was
  • their enthusiasm
  • they were like coach I can't wait I
  • can't wait to meet you we can't wait to
  • get together I thought that was a great
  • sign you know
  • we were could you make the ages of so
  • many players who I used to coach
  • now I think I said the one of them might
  • be around I called him an old head at 28
  • he didn't like that very case you know
  • and I said not that's not your in your
  • pride you're in your prime but compared
  • to the others yeah I rely on the old
  • head so we'll get to look it through all
  • that stuff I'm just excited

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John Beilein on leaving the University of Michigan for the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the NBA draft lottery in Chicago.

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