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Discussion in 'Pistons and NBA' started by BallDon'tLie, Jun 11, 2013.
(placeholder for future thread) Maurice Cheeks fired as Detroit Pistons head coach - ESPN
The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, fired coach Maurice Cheeks. His dismissal had been expected for some time. "We thank Maurice for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time," Pistons president Joe Dumars said. "Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Maurice well in the future." A meeting with Pistons owner Tom Gores finally confirmed Cheeks' ouster, after Gores offered tepid public support of his coach earlier this week when he spoke to local reporters. It was reported two weeks ago that Cheeks was the most likely coach in the league to be ousted. (placeholder for future remarks)
The finalists for the HC vacancy are reported to be Vinny Del Negro, Mike Brown, and Hooper. (placeholder for future remarks)
I know someone in the organization that says Gores is heavily favoring hiring Del Negro after he wowed him in a sit down dinner - (Place holder for future Wiggles remark)
I blame Jim Leyland. (placeholder for just about any opportunity)
Bill Laimbeer who in his first year, successfully led the Cleveland Cavs to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Bulls in 7, immediately took his name out of the running before rumors surfaced that he would abandon Dan Gilbert and go back to coach his former favorite team. He still appreciates the fans in the Detroit area who have been pining for him the coach the Pistons since 2006... (placeholder for future remarks)
Mike Brown, who was fired last year by Cleveland, appears to be the front-runner for the Pistons head coaching position. According to Karl Malone, who Tom Gores has hired as a consultant, Brown was very impressive in his 7th interview with the Pistons. (placeholder for future remarks)
Owner Tom Gores made headlines yesterday when he announced that the Big 3 of Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Larry Bird would lead the next coaching search. "That was really funny that time I punched Bill Laimbeer in the middle of the playoff game and wasn't even called for a foul!" said Parrish during his Detroit area book tour stop. (placeholder for future remarks)
The coaching change might indicate an end to Rodney Stuckey's run at small forward. With the next coach, it is likely that Stuckey will slide back to the 2 spot. (placeholder for future references to Leecaps)
I'd like to see Mo do the right thing and join Joe at the podium when he gets fired.
Mo: I expected this, that's why I negotiated a quick loss clause to my contract that pays a $1M bonus. Above my severance.
The thread title should have a 'Breaking Knews' leader until it becomes official mid-April next year.
I really think there should be separate threads for all of these placeholders. I don't know, maybe I'm just being over-zealous.
Assistant coach Rodney Stuckey states that the team just didn't jell under coach Cheeks.
Sources close to the Pistons claim that while Knight and Caldwell-Pope developed well under Cheeks, his inability to bring the team together defensively was his undoing. It didn't help, either, that Andre Drummond never fully recovered from the back injury in his first season, nor that Greg Monroe turned down the Pistons' long-term contract overtures, but in today's NBA, nobody accepts excuses from coaches. - placeholder for future analysis - (Loving this thread so far.)
I don't suppose I'm the first one to actually get on this bandwagon, am I?
You were spot on about the defensive problems.
Sounds like Mo got under Barnes skin. Unfortunatly it happened when Barnes was a player on his team... Edit: I can't paste youtube-links that starts at a specific time and when I try to post the url it automatically embeds the clip. It starts at 4.04.
Wow. Only one guy's view but that's not good at all.
I dunno, that's pretty normal in a "boys club" culture. And he ended up pushing Barnes to make it, even if it was through negative reinforcement.
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