Pistons Hire Maurice Cheeks as Head Coach
Former All-Star point guard Maurice Cheeks is getting his third shot as an NBA head coach.
Cheeks, an assistant in Oklahoma City for the past four seasons, on Monday formally agreed to take over as coach of the Detroit Pistons as the replacement for the ousted Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the process.
ESPN.com reported on June 2 that a third interview in Detroit, after two previous meetings with Pistons owner Tom Gores, appeared to nudge him into the lead for the job ahead of co-finalist Nate McMillan.
Cheeks has posted a career mark of 284-286 in stints coaching the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers, with three first-round playoff exits in his six full seasons as a head coach.