Pistons fire head coach Maurice Cheeks
(Reuters) - The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks after barely half a season in charge of the National Basketball Association team, the club announced on Sunday.
Cheeks became the first NBA head coach fired this season.
"This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change," President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said in a statement.
The Pistons are ninth in the Eastern Conference this season at 21-29, though they have won their past two games.
"Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change," said Pistons owner Tom Gores.
"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."
Cheeks, 57, was appointed coach in June on a two-year deal.
An NBA point guard for 15 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia 76ers where he was part of the 1983 championship-winning team, Cheeks previously served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and 76ers.
"The leadership and player development qualities he brings as a former player and coach blends nicely with the roster we are building for the future," Dumars said at the time of the hiring. Continued...