Detroit Pistons fired coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday after less than a year as coach, with the Pistons languishing well below .500 despite off-season moves aimed at putting the struggling franchise back in contention, NBA.com reported referring to Yahoo news.
While the Pistons still have a decent chance to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, their new roster has performed erratically.
“This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change,” team president Joe Dumars said in a statement. “We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.”
A person with knowledge of Detroit’s plans said assistant John Loyer will take over as interim coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced an interim coach yet.
The Pistons haven’t made the playoffs since being swept in the first round in 2009 – in Michael Curry’s only season as their coach. Since then, Detroit has gone through two seasons under John Kuester and two under Lawrence Frank.
After neither of them could make any real progress, Cheeks was brought in as Detroit’s ninth coach since the 1999-2000 season.
Cheeks became the first coach to leave or be fired after 50 games or fewer with an NBA team since Bob Weiss, who coached only 30 games for Seattle in 2005-06, according to STATS. That does not include interim coaches.
Cheeks previously coached Portland and Philadelphia, a team he won an NBA title with as a point guard. The Pistons gave him his third shot to be an NBA head coach in June.
In addition to hiring Cheeks last offseason, Detroit signed forward Josh Smith and traded for point guard Brandon Jennings, trying to bolster a roster that already included young big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
But the mix has been uninspiring for the most part. The Pistons have had problems defensively and have struggled to close out games in the fourth quarter.
The poor attendance that’s become commonplace at The Palace hasn’t really improved – and Detroit’s 11-15 home record hasn’t helped.
This is while fans created a petition on the White House website, trying to get Rasheed Wallace become an interim head coach of the Pistons. Later the White House has taken down the petition.
Because this is America a petition through the White House’s website has already been started to get Rasheed Wallace named the Pistons interim head coach after Mo Cheeks was fired today.
Wallace played for the Pistons from 2004 to 2009 winning one NBA title. He retired as a player from the NBA last season before being named an assistant to Maurice Cheeks’ staff.Follow @exnbadotcom
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