The general Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers says he apologizes to Michigan for hiring away John Beilein.
Koby Altman, the GM of the Cavs, says the former Wolverine coach meets all the requirements of a coach they were looking for.
Altman says Beilein is known for rebuilding teams, and that’s what the last-place Cavaliers need. Beilein will join the team in time for the NBA draft.
“The criteria was leader, teacher, process-driven, someone that adapts and is innovative, and embraces analytics,” Altman tells WJR’s Paul W. Smith.
“And John checks all those boxes.”
“The other part about it,’ Altman says, “was coach really embraced this opportunity. He really wanted this job. And that was important to me and to the team.”
Beilein was the most successful coach in the history of U of M basketball. He got a 5-year contract to coach Cleveland, which is owned by Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert.