“Mo Cheeks has emerged as the strong frontrunner to become the Detroit Pistons’ head coach, on a contract could begin soon, league sources said.
Maurice Cheeks has been a part of Scott Brooks’ Oklahoma City staff for four seasons. Detroit’s ownership and management reached a consensus on Cheeks as their choice, league sources said.
Cheeks was a finalist for the job along with another ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach, Nate McMillan.” Via Yahoo Sports
Some of you may remember Cheeks as the head coach of the Philladelphia 76ers for “05 to “08 and some of you, like myself remember him as a heck of a point guard in the NBA. Cheeks was a late second round pick who played 15 years in the league. Cheeks ranks fifth all-time in steals and tenth all-time in assists. When he retired in 1993, Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists. He averaged 11.7 points per game in his 15 season.
As an NBA assistant coach under Larry Brown he helped lead the his Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001.
As a NBA head coach he didn’t have much success, missing the playoffs in his first two seasons and leaving the Sixers with a losing record.
So what’s so great about the Cheeks eminent hire? He’ll help Brandon Knight become a PG.
Will he turn this team around? Not with the roster that’s in place.
Should Pistons fans be excited? I’m not, but a coach alone isn’t the thing that is going to catapult this team into contention.
Next step for Detroit is roster moves (if any) and the NBA Draft.