In a season that saw Detroit fail to live up to expectations imposed by the offseason acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, Pistons owner Tom Gores cited the team’s poor performance and seemingly lack of improvement as a reason for the dismissal of the embattled head-coach. In the span of fifty games in which the Pistons went 21-29, Maurice Cheeks was unable to create an offense that catered to the trio of bigmen at his disposal, he would bench various players for unexplainable reasons and even got into a heated argument with back-up point guard Will Bynum.
Since his dismissal, reports have emerged that Cheeks had lost the locker-room even before the season started, and that he never really seemed organized. It seems that things might’ve been worse than anticipated in the clubhouse after Josh Smith – backed up by Chauncey Billups – complained to Joe Dumars about their coach, and apparently asked for him to be sent packing.
Source reveals Cheeks was doomed when Josh went 2 Dumars & wanted Mo fired & Billups went w him. Denials f Love, Flip & Minny media at 11— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 22, 2014
There is no follow up to the source or evidence to support its claim, but it wouldn’t be the first time players have turned on a coach in the Motor City. True or not this could be a sign that there is something off behind the scenes of the Pistons' locker-room, or, even worse, the front-office itself. For players of Smith and Billups' caliber to complain to management and express their desire that their coach be relieved of his duties is a very serious sign that not all is well in Detroit, and although we could already tell that cracks were forming in this team from the very beginning of the season, this, at least in my eyes, leads me to believe there is a lot wrong with this team that we do not know about.