Pistons fire coach Mo Cheeks
The Detroit Pistons announced today that Maurice Cheeks has been relieved of his head coaching duties. The Pistons recorded a 21-29 record over Cheeks’ first 50 games.
Detroit had actually played well lately, winning four of their last six games (mostly against weak opponents). Yesterday they easily handled the Denver Nuggets. Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings put up big numbers in the victory. But the firing of Coach Cheeks is clearly about the big picture, not anything short-term.
“This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change,” said President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars. “We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.”
“Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We have not made the kind of progress that we should have over the first half of the season. This is a young team and we knew there would be growing pains, but we can be patient only as long as there is progress. The responsibility does not fall squarely on any one individual, but right now this change is a necessary step toward turning this thing around. I still have a lot of hope for this season and I expect our players to step up. I respect and appreciate Maurice Cheeks and thank him for his efforts; we just require a different approach.”