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Maurice Cheeks ‘frontrunner’ for Pistons job

Jun 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Pistons, the team with the longest-held head-coaching vacancy, might finally make their hire. It’s been long assumed they’d narrowed their choices to Nate McMillan and Maurice Cheeks, and it seems Cheeks now has the edge.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become the Detroit Pistons’ head coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Discussions on a contract could begin soon, league sources said.

Detroit’s ownership and management reached a consensus on Cheeks as their choice, league sources said.

Cheeks wasn’t a reported candidate for any other vacancy, which probably says something about him. He was fired by the Trail Blazers and 76ers, hasn’t had a winning season in his last six years as a head coach and has a career losing record.

But he might be better than the Pistons last three coaches (Michael Curry, John Kuester and Lawrence Frank) – not that would necessarily make him a good hire.

  1. metrocritical - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    If you are running the Pistons and are serious about making progress, how can you not at least put in a call to George Karl and gauge his interest? Karl probably will have better options but a floundering franchise ought to at least make an attempt to pull itself out of the mud where it’s wheels have been spinning for two many years. What happens next will say a great deal about what kind of owner Tom Gores aspires to be going forward. He may be a winner in the world of finance but, up to this point, he doesn’t seem to have a clue about what it takes to win in the NBA.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Shame – I would have loved to have seen McMillan work his defensive magic with the killer twin towers of Monroe and Drummond

  3. bifford - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Gored= new Maloofs

  4. mogogo1 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Loved Mo Cheeks as a player with Dr. J and the Sixers. But he had two winning years starting out as a coach and is now on a run of six losing years in-a-row. He brings nothing to the Pistons they couldn’t get from countless other candidates. This is why they hired Phil Jackson to consult on their coaching search?

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