John Beilein is getting the NBA rookie treatment


TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer

December 7, 2019, 7:44 AM

4 min read

Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson battled Orlando’s big men and then defended his rookie coach.

At least some of the Cavaliers have John Beilein’s back.

Following a 93-87 loss to the Magic — Cleveland’s 11th loss in 12 games — Thompson said he was disappointed to learn that some of his teammates had anonymously criticized Beilein, the former Michigan coach hired by the Cavs to develop their young roster during a massive rebuild.

Thompson said he was unaware of the report by The Athletic, which didn’t identify three players who said they were unhappy

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