Detroit Pistons say goodbye to head coach Maurice Cheeks
On Sunday the franchise made the decision to fire Cheeks. He had been the coach for under a year when the Piston made the decision as they were under the .500 mark and were getting tired of it. During the offseason the Pistons had made various signing and decisions to ensure this would not happen but they ended up in a bad position and still hardly getting into the playoff picture.
The Pistons stood at 21-29 under Cheeks and even with such a bad score they still have a shot at making it to the Eastern Conference and the playoffs. They have quite the talent in their existing roster and much was expected out of them but they failed to deliver. Despite all that they pack, they are still struggling and their performance has been nothing short of being unpredictable and mediocre.
Team president Joe Dumars said in an official statement that the firing of Cheeks was no easy decision but they were in dire need of refreshing things and they still had respect for all that he had contributed to the franchise.
"This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change," Dumars said in a statement. "We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work."
For now the interim coach will be needed to fill in and the reasonable choice the Piston could make would be assistant John Loyer. The last time the Pistons were in the playoffs was back in 2009 and they were defeated in the first rounds. The fans are getting tired of seeing the Pistons fail one season after another and they are losing the grounds they once had. Low fan turnout and booing is now commonplace in The Palace as at their own home the Pistons are 11-15. They are in dire need of doing something positive and upping their game to get back the glory they had.
Pistons owner Tom Gores said that the bad performance was not a statement to represent their talent and all they needed was a little change to get things going in the right direction.
"Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change," 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."