Friday reports began to surface that the Pistons head coaching search was over and that they’ve decided to go with Maurice Cheeks who previously was at the helm of Portland and Philadelphia. Currently Mo Cheeks is an assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder who were knocked out in the second round of the NBA Playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Y! Sources: OKC assistant Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become the next Detroit Pistons coach. http://t.co/IfHl6uVLBr
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 7, 2013
If the two sides agree to a deal, Cheeks will take over for Lawrence Frank who demanded a contract extension this offseason and in turn was dismissed this past April.
Now if any coach fit the general theme the Pistons have taken on of making their fans fall asleep it’s Maurice Cheeks. In eight seasons as a head coach Cheeks has accumulated a 284-286 regular season record while making the playoffs in three of those eight years. In the playoffs the veteran coach has never made it past the first round while generating a 5-11 record.
Cheeks is essentially the same hire John Kuester and Lawrence Frank were and it didn’t work. They also needed a guy that could develop players and turn around a team that in many ways is a mess. Cheeks has no track record of doing that.
I’m willing to give Cheeks a chance, but I’m not expecting much.