According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Maurice “Mo” Cheeks on Sunday.
Despite back-to-back victories on the weekend, general manager Joe Dumars informed Mo Cheeks of his dismissal on Sunday morning, sources said.
Cheeks didn’t make it to the All-Star break of his first season as Detroit’s coach. He was in the first year of a two-year contract with the Pistons.
Owner Tom Gores had become increasingly impatient with Cheeks, and sources with knowledge of his plans say that he had been pushing for a change in the coaching staff.
Cheeks is the first NBA coach to be fired this seasons. The lone former Kentucky Wildcats player on the Pistons roster is center Josh Harrellson, who has missed the last two games with a sore left knee.
An MRI on Thursday revealed a small tear of the meniscus in the left knee, and he will likely be out for at least a few weeks, if not longer. Hopefully, the firing of Cheeks doesn’t affect his roster status.
Detroit is currently sitting at 21-29 and a half-game behind the Charlotte Bobcats for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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