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Report: Pistons interview Maurice Cheeks for head coaching job

Former Trail Blazers and Sixers coach has served as assistant with Oklahoma City Thunder since 2009.


Add another name to the list of potential head coaches for the Detroit Pistons. According to Vince Ellis the Pistons have already interviewed Maurice Cheeks for the head coaching job.

Cheeks served as the coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 2001-05 and the Philadelphia 76ers from 2005-08. He has served as a lead assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2009-10 season.

Cheeks would fill the mandate of hiring an experienced coach with playoff experience but he's never exactly been considered anything more than average to slightly above average. In his eight seasons as a head coach he has compiled a 284-286 record, achieving three playoff appearances but never getting out of the first round. He has won 50 games or more just once, with the Blazers in 2002-03 in his second year as head coach. Since that time he has never finished above .500.

He is, of course, most famously known for this awesome bit of class and grace while coaching in Portland. Not sure it will help him get another job but it is great nonetheless.