Maurice “Mo” Cheeks has been hired as head coach for the Detroit Pistons, according to multiple sources. Mo Cheeks recently spent four years as an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach and has eight seasons of head coaching experience, with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Detroit Pistons haven’t been to the NBA playoffs since the 2008-09 season, but have a nice nucleus of young players to work around in Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler. The Pistons will also have cap space during free agency, if they wish to spend the money.
Originally, it seemed Nate McMillan was the favorite for being Pistons head coach, then Phil Jackson was hired in as an “consultant”, leading many to believe Brian Shaw had a shot at the job. But ultimately, Mo Cheeks was hired by Detroit Pistons GM, Joe Dumars and team Owner, Tom Gores.
The Pistons recently fired Lawrence Frank after two disappointing seasons with the team. Detroit finished the 2012-13 season with a 29-53 record and hold the 8th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Mo Cheeks has an all time head coaching record of 284-286 with a 5-11 playoff record.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder congratulated his former assistant coach on Twitter after he was hired by Detroit, saying “Congrats to the great Mo Cheeks on getting the head coaching Job in Detroit! He will be missed! He will always be a Thunder”.