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Pistons hire Mo Cheeks after 2-month coaching search

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After nearly eight weeks and too many interviews to count, the Pistons finally made a decision: Maurice Cheeks will be the team's next head coach.

Mo Cheeks in 1989.
Mo Cheeks in 1989.
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It's official, the Detroit Pistons have settled for hired Mo Cheeks to be their next head coach, says ESPN's Marc Stein.

Official press release: Dumars, Gores welcome Cheeks

The decision ends a coaching search that dragged on nearly eight weeks since Lawrence Frank was given the boot on April 18. Cheeks' isn't the most exciting pick, but with a 284-286 career coaching record, he's relatively safe -- at least on paper. He's spent the last several years as an assistant in Oklahoma City, where he's been credited with helping develop some of team's dynamic guards and is apparently regarded highly by the players:

No surprise on Cheeks' contract length:

Cheeks coached Andre Iguodala for parts of four seasons in Philadelphia, and the notion that he might help recruit Iggy to sign with the Pistons is intriguing. The Pistons are in dire need of a small forward, and Iguodala, who's expected to opt out of his contract this summer, may be too spooked by the recent upheaval in Denver to resign to the Nuggets.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. First, let's take a moment to digest Cheeks' arrival. What do you think of Detroit's decision?