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Detroit Pistons fire head coach Maurice Cheeks after 50 games

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The Detroit Pistons fire head coach Maurice Cheeks, despite the head coach only having 50 games to work on turning the franchise around. According to ESPN on Feb. 9, the NBA franchise said it was difficult but that they needed to make a change.

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"We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work," said Pistons' president Joe Dumars.

Maurice Cheeks ranks as the coach with the fifth fewest amount of games coached before his termination in the last 25 years. The lowest amount of games coached was by San Antonio Spurs head coach Jerry Tarkanian, who only led the team through 20 games in 1992-93. That season, the former UNLV head coach compiled a 9-11 record and was quickly fired.

The last time the Pistons won a division title was 2008 but they have struggled since then. They have only won 30 games once in the last four seasons. The team fired Lawrence Frank after back-to-back losing seasons and Detroit hired former player and coach Maurice Cheeks to try to turn the team around.

Cheeks led the team to a 21-29 start this season despite bringing in Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups, Luigi Datome and Brandon Jennings. John Loyer will be the interim coach and former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is the front-runner. Maurice Cheeks is the eighth head coach fired by Joe Dumars since he took over the Detroit Pistons front office in 2000.

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