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Maurice Cheeks agrees to become Pistons’ next head coach

Jun 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

The Pistons made Maurice Cheeks their top choice, and unsurprisingly, the coach with no other reported head-coaching options accepted the job.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Cheeks’ Portland teams gradually went downhill before the Trail Blazers fired him. In Philadelphia, Cheeks was relatively up and down, but he didn’t have a single winning season, and then the 76ers fired him.

Cheeks earned rave reviews as a Thunder assistant the last few years, so maybe he’s learned enough that he won’t repeat his shortcomings in Detroit. Then again, maybe he’s just better suited to be an assistant.

If it’s the latter, this could be Joe Dumars’ last coaching hire as the Pistons’ general manager.

  1. sasquash20 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Mo Cheeks was a heck of a good ball player. That 83 Sixers team in my opinion was the best team ever assembled. Can’t judge him by his Sixers coaching stint because that team was horrible. One of the classiest guys out there. I hope he does great and I hate the Pistons.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    What is it with former Bad Boy Pistons guards and their lack of management skills?

    I give the team 1 1/2 years before they tune him out. Bad hire. Just when they looked like they were building something…

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Cheeks is not bad. Also not great. They might make the playoffs, but is Mo really a championship coach?

  4. timmons94 - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Those blazers or Sixers teams he coached were not great. Cheeks was a great player and is a good coach. Great hire by Pistons who are close to being really good

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      True, but this Detroit team is in the exact same boat. Cheeks is an OK coach. He started off well in Phily the first year or so, when you could tell players were listening to him, and the expectations were pretty much nothing. Towards the end though, you could see players tune him out, and his rotations I remember being questionable. Hopefully he works out better in Detroit, but I think he’s a bit overrrated as a coach.

  5. gr3710 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    starting to lose count at the number of coaches under Joe D tenure. Carlisle, Brown,Curry, Kuester, Frank now Cheeks. I’m probably missing some

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      George Irvine, Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown, Flip Saunders, Michael Curry, John Kuester, Lawrence Frank and now Mo Cheeks.

  6. wowwowbad - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Cheeks can coach, the problem is that now with this roster the Pistons don’t have a good line-up despite the twin tower in Monroe and Drummond. Neither Knight or Stuckey can really run the point and for shooting guard they are undersized. They also don’t have a reliable wingman since Prince left. Singler is more of a backup so there are so many needed to be addressed, not just the coach.

    • weaselpuppy - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Draft PG ( Burke or Carter-Williams)

      Move up from rd 2 to late 20s, draft Glen Rice Jr

      Sign Calderon, trade to Pacers for Granger

      Sign Brandon Wright

      Re-sign Bynum

      PG- Rookie/Bynum
      SG- Knight/Stuckey/English
      SF-Granger/Singler/Rice/Middleton
      PF-Monroe/CV/Jerebko
      C-Drummond/Wright/Kravtsov

      • badintent - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        MIX in Shaq, MJ and Isiah with 500 cc of hot mustard. Bring to a boil, then cool off and stick in freezer for 24 hours. Defrost and throw at wall to see what sticks. This team as is will be full of D-Leaguers and Eurotrash castoffs by next year. Michigan can beat this team.Time for the NMA to get rid of some teams.

      • badintent - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        NBA, damn keys

      • ryanrockzzz - Jun 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

        And that team will win about 30 games…..

    • sasquash20 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      They need to keep J.Calderon to be your 1. Draft a 2 or a 3 and maybe they will be competitive. I don’t really like either Stuckey or Knight as starters, off the bench spark plug guys ok. I do like the two young big men if they can continue to develop.

  7. metrocritical - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Cheeks may defy the odds and raise the team to the upper echelons of mediocrity but this hire won’t help season tickets sales or fill the seats in the Palace. Chances are the Pistons won’t be relevant until after Cheeks and Dumars are long gone.

  8. xjokerz - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    Pistons have fans ? I live 5 minutes from the palace of auburn hills and not even I would go see this putrid team no matter who the coach is. Plus their in the east… It’s the Miami heat show for the next 4-5 years ladies and gents were all here for the show.

  9. mogogo1 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    This is why they hired Phil Jackson to consult on their coaching search? So they could wind up with a journeyman who is on a six season losing streak? Nothing against Mo personally (I was a big fan of his as a player and he seems like a good guy) but he brings nothing to the Pistons that couldn’t have been found elsewhere. And it’s stunning that they needed Phil’s help to “find” him. Looks like they were hoping hiring Phil would convince Brian Shaw to come there. A for effort, but F for the results.

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