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Maurice Cheeks Hired as Pistons Coach After 4 Seasons at Thunder

Maurice Cheeks was hired as coach of the Detroit Pistons after spending the past four seasons as an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cheeks, 56, was previously the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers from 2001-08, compiling a 284-286 record with three playoff appearances. Cheeks played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association, making four All-Star appearances, and was a member of the 76ers’ 1983 championship team.

“The leadership and player development qualities he brings as a former player and coach blends nicely with the roster we are building,” Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said. “He’s won an NBA championship, coached in two NBA Finals as an assistant coach and mentored some of the top young players in the NBA.”

Cheeks succeeds Lawrence Frank, who was fired in April after the team finished 29-53, nine games outside a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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