September 22, 2020 | 7:20 pm
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The Baseline with J.B. Bickerstaff

The NBA is back and we are celebrating with a special edition of The Baseline. You know we like to do things a little different and while everyone is talking about what’s going on inside the bubble, we are taking this time to focus on the league work happening outside of it.

This week we are joined by Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, J.B. Bickerstaff who participates in a little Facetime with The Baseline. Tune in as we discuss:

  • The NBA Coaches Association formed the committee on “Racial Injustice and Reform” led by Coach Lloyd Pierce. Other committee members include Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy, Quin Snyder, David Fizdale, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Brett Brown and J.B. himself.
    • Who were his influences growing up that gave him the foundation to be involved in initiatives like these
    • We discuss how the committee was able to get all 30 head coaches to buy-in.
    • How sustainable is the initiative in the face of a society that has fleeting interests?
    • Coach explains that the issues aren’t regulated to beliefs of the “left” or “right” but more importantly human rights.
    • Decreasing voter suppression is a major pillar of the reform initiative and J.B. discusses how teams will utilize their arenas to help citizens overcome those issues.
    • The committee is working with other groups that include the Obama Foundation and the NAACP.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers organization
    • How does he balance the work of the committee and stay true to his job as the head coach of the Cavs?
    • The Cavs have been ahead of the curve and easy to work with through this whole process.
    • The pressure of being a black coach with a black general manager.
    • Mentoring the Cavs through unprecedented times
    • The need to establish a group of winners versus players who are great individually
    • What do the Cavs need to do this offseason?
    • J.B. makes his feelings known about Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter as the team’s core.
    • Can the team find a way to make Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Larry Nance and Tristan Thompson coexist?

It’s a supersized and important episode of The Baseline. Tune in.

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