(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — The Pistons fired head coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday. The former NBA champion point guard was in his first season as coach, leading Detroit to a 21-29 record.
“Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores in a statement. “We have not made the kind of progress that we should have over the first half of the season. This is a young team and we knew there would be growing pains, but we can be patient only as long as there is progress. The responsibility does not fall squarely on any one individual, but right now this change is a necessary step toward turning this thing around. I still have a lot of hope for this season and I expect our players to step up. I respect and appreciate Maurice Cheeks and thank him for his efforts; we just require a different approach.”
In 620 games as head coach of the Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers, Cheeks compiled a record of 305-315.
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