Maurice Cheeks just got fired from his job as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are currently 21-29 on the season so far. They are under .500 and have yet to qualify for the playoffs.
When asked about his decision to fire Cheeks, Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars stated that he was “just doing [his] job.” No animosity toward Cheeks was reflected in his responses to the questions. The Pistons, however, still have 32 games left to play in the regular season and the organization is obviously looking to turn its situation around sooner than expected.
On Saturday night (Feb. 8), the Pistons won on their home court by defeating the Denver Nuggets 126-109. Point guard Brandon Jennings had a game-high 35 points to go along with a game-high 12 assists. Forward Josh Smith added 30 points of his own, as well as 10 rebounds and 8 assists. This would turn out to be the last game coached by Cheeks.
The Pistons take on the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night (Feb. 10) at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Spurs are coming into the Palace of Auburn Hills with a 37-14 record. They currently sit second in the Western Conference behind only Oklahoma City. Spurs point guard Tony Parker was selected as an All-Star reserve for the NBA’s All-Star game that will be taking place next Sunday (Feb. 16) at 8 p.m. EST.
As a person, Maurice Cheeks is highly praised for his humility and kindness. He played in the NBA for 15 years as a point guard. Before signing with the Pistons, Cheeks was an assistant coach for the previously mentioned Oklahoma City Thunder. While he was there he played a key role in shaping OKC’s point guard Russell Westbrook into the All-Star player that he has become.