The Cleveland Cavaliers may have gotten a win over the Detroit Pistons, 115-112, on Jan. 9, but the crew behind TNT’s popular ‘Inside the NBA’ had plenty to unload regarding the Cavs, head coach John Beilein’s use of the word “thugs” during a Wednesday film session in Detroit, which he already apologized for, and how the players are handling it.
First, let’s go to the tape:
Here’s what Shaquille O’Neal has to say, according to WKYC 3News Cleveland:
“They’re not playing like thugs, so I believe him when he said they’re playing like ‘slugs.’ Stop being so sensitive. I grew up in the 80s. I got called worse than ‘slugs’ [or ‘thugs’], trust me. So it [doesn’t] bother me.”
Kenny Smith agreed with O’Neal, and added that the roster is diverse.
Next is what Charles Barkley has to say about Beilein:
“Everybody knows everybody in basketball, I’ve never heard a bad word about him. And what makes me mad about this whole conversation is he says in his apology, ‘the coaches told me later that I said ‘thugs’ instead of ‘slugs.’”
The panel also took issue with the team complaining about the coach making them watch the film and work too hard, feel that it’s “starting to be a joke,” as Barkley said.
O’Neal thinks this is all a move to try and get Beilein dropped from the organization.
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Cleveland Reacts to Cavs Signing Jim Beilien as Head Coach
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As a @UMichBBall fan I will miss John Beilein as our coach He led the Wolverines to great success (2 times we played for the national title) As a @Cavs fan, I welcome his move to Cleveland where I hope he leads us to future successes— Jim Lochner (@JimLochner) May 13, 2019
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@stephenasmith @WindhorstESPN How are the @Lakers hiring Frank Vogel (over Ty Lue) and the Cavs get Jim Beilein and give him 5 years? What the hell are Jeanie buss and the Lakers doing?!! Please help explain this debacle that are the Lakers.— Clark (@bigCLARK55) May 13, 2019
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SPORTS: Shaq and Barkley React to How the Cavs Are Handling Thug-Gate was originally published on wzakcleveland.com