The Detroit Pistons confirmed on Sunday that Maurice Cheeks' tenure as head coach had come to an end following a disappointing beginning to his first season in charge.
Pressure begins to grow on Joe Dumars, who is entering his 14th season as the president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. Cheeks became the eighth head coach to be fired under the management of Dumars.
Dumars released this statement about the decision to fire Cheeks: "This was a difficult decision for the organization to make, but we needed to make a change, We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.'
Detroit are currently languishing below .500 and have an outside of the play-off places in the thoroughly disappointing Eastern Conference. They are one game behind the Charlotte Bobcats who currently hold the eighth seed.
They made big money moves in the off-season - signing power forward Josh Smith and adding point guard Brandon Jennings to an already talented roster consisting of young big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
Despite the evident capacity for excellence in the Detroit locker room, blending this young team has been an arduous task.
Erratic play, defensive incapabilities and fourth quarter struggles have seen a real under-performance from the Pistons and this is what has realistically cost Cheeks his job.
Even Pistons owner Tom Gores spoke of the disappointing position they find themselves in: "'Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change. 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."
Despite all the drama surrounding the situation in Detroit, the ball-club itself find themselves on an upward trend, having won four of their last six games.
They host the San Antonio Spurs tonight, before playing the Cleveland Cavaliers again in the Palace on Wednesday night.
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