Cleveland Cavaliers hire Bernie Bickerstaff and Bret Brielmaier as assistant coaches

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Bernie Bickerstaff will be joining the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach under Mike Brown for this upcoming season.

The Cavaliers have agreed to terms with Bernie Bickerstaff to become an assistant coach under Mike Brown this season, according Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico. They've also addded Bret Brielmaier to the staff as well, which looks to be complete after being introduced earlier today.



As Amico notes in the tweet, Bickerstaff took over for Mike Brown as interim coach, and was an assistant under Brown there. He led the Lakers to a 4-1 record before being unceremoniously ousted from the role by the Buss family in favor of Mike D'Antoni. His .800 winning percentage led the NBA this past season and is the highest in Laker history.

Prior to his time with the Lakers, Bickerstaff was a four-time head coach in the NBA -- with the Sonics, Nuggets, Bullets, and Bobcats, totalling 13 seasons. He's known to most current NBA fans as the first head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Listing off those teams really just establishes one thing: considering three of those team names either don't exist anymore or are about to be extinct, this is not Bickerstaff's first rodeo.

Brielmaier is a young assistant that played at Arizona under Lute Olson from 2004-08. He's 27 years old and it's unclear what his duties will be within the coaching staff. Previously, he was on the Spurs coaching staff.

Another question that arises is who will coach the summer league team in two weeks. Jamahl Mosley coached the team last year, but with two other former head coaches on the staff it is possible that they go in a different direction this season. My guess is that Jim Boylan, as lead assistant on the staff, will end up coaching the team when they start play on July 12.

Finally, it's worth nothing the University of San Diego connection that Bickerstaff also shares with Chris Grant and Mike Brown, as he attended the school before the two of them were born. Next thing you know, the Cavs will hire Eric Musselman and just make it a Torero party.

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