Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks is headed to Detroit to coach the Pistons. You can read our story here.
I don’t know what to make of the hiring because I don’t know what to make of Cheeks. Scotty Brooks’ coaching staff is mostly mysterious to all but a few outsiders. We don’t know what their personalities are within the team, don’t know what their particular responsibilities are, don’t know how much Brooks relies on each guy. About all we know is who gets to sit on the front row with Brooks. Cheeks was a front-row guy and sat next to Brooks; I assume that means he was confidant No. 1.
So the mystery of the Thunder staff and front office means I can’t shed much insight into the Cheeks hiring. He’s been the head coach at Portland and Philadelphia. Maybe Detroit knows what it’s getting in Cheeks, because of those stops.
Cheeks’ overall record is 284-286; he made the playoffs three times in seven years (he was fired early in his eighth year as head coach at Philly) and never won a playoff series.
Cheeks coached the Jail Blazers teams in Portland. Zach Randolph, Damon Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, Ruben Patterson. I don’t know how a guy is supposed to coach that crew. Then Cheeks coached the 76er teams that made the transition from Allen Iverson to, well, I don’t know what Philadelphia transitioned to. Andre Miller was a heck of a player, Andre Iguodala was a promising young player, Kyle Korver could shoot. But it wasn’t much of a team.
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