LEWISTON, N.Y. — Its been quite a year for the Beilein family.
First Patrick, the son of longtime and incredibly successful college basketball coach John Beilein, became the head coach of the Niagara University Purple Eagles. Patrick has a successful run at LeMoyne in Syracuse.
Now Patrick's dad has decided to join the pro ranks. John Beilein is the new head coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
He'll have his work cut out for him in Cleveland, as the Cavs were among the worst teams in the NBA this season.
Beilein replaces Larry Drew, who took over after Tyronn Lue was fired six games into the campaign. The Cavs finished with a 19-63 record, tied with Phoenix for the second-worst mark in the NBA.
The Cavs do have a good young nucleus and perhaps more importantly have a 14 percent of winning the NBA's draft lottery Tuesday night.
Patrick told 2 On Your Side's Stu Boyar, "I think he's just ready for a new challenge and a new rebuild. He feels great."
Patrick said about the lottery, "I'll be rooting for that first pick. but if it doesn't happen there are a lot of really good players. But I'll be rooting for him to get that pick. I didn't see Zion (Williamson) up close but I know he's a heck of a player and he would be a first 'good recruit' to get for my dad at the NBA level."
Patrick's dad John is 66 years old. He reportedly signed a five year deal with the Cavs.
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