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November 6, 2013 Updates

"I won a contest in the Daily News to be a ballboy for 1 year, in 1977," Lumpkin said. "Just a couple of weeks ago, Jeff told me that I had impressed him back then, and he decided to bring me back for another year, and it went from there. I went from ballboy to the ticket office to equipment manager to director of team travel services to still being here now. None of it would have been possible had it not been for Mr. Jeff. "Since we learned of his illness, you can't imagine the amount of people that have called or visited him. Maurice Cheeks, Jrue Holiday, Rick Mahorn, Darryl Dawkins, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand . . . Only someone like Mr. Jeff could get that. He was a regular Joe, but he never said a cross word about anybody, and he could tell jokes and stories that would make you laugh for days." Philadelphia Inquirer

November 4, 2013 Updates

With the Oct. 31 deadline passing, Monroe will be a restricted free agent next off-season, so he is playing for his next contract. Not as much has been written about Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva, but they will be unrestricted free agents as well. Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks played coy when asked whether he talked to the players about focusing on the season and put money matters in the background. “Who’s on a contract year?” he asked. When his question was answered, he said: “See, I don’t even know. I’m just worried about getting the best out of them. Whether they’re on a contract year or four or five years, I don’t know. I just try and get the best out of them the best I can. I don’t focus in on that. I’m quite sure they do, but I don’t focus on that.” Detroit Free Press

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Maurice Cheeks expressed regret and admitted embarrassment over last month's police investigation involving the Pistons coach and a 45-year-old woman. The Oakland County (Mich.) Prosecutor's Office declined to file charges, but details regarding the incident became public when the investigation report was released Friday under the Freedom of Information Act. "No. 1, there's always a little bit of embarrassment when something like that happens, right or wrong, there's always some embarrassment," Cheeks said Saturday at the Pistons practice facility. "For myself, who has always prided himself on being a high character person, it definitely is an embarrassment. "But it happened, right or wrong, and I'm moving on." USA Today Sports

October 6, 2013 Updates

Cheeks put the entire team on the line for sprints for telling him they had it down when it was clear they didn’t. “He put us on the line,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Man, I ain’t been on the line since like seventh grade.’ “He set the tone with that basically saying if we do it we’re going to do it right and we’re going to do it hard every time. I love the fact that he’s laid-back. If you do what you’re supposed to do, it makes for an easy, easy time.” Detroit Free Press

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Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks will not be charged in a domestic incident that occurred Aug. 30 in Birmingham, Mich., Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Detroit Free Press on Friday. Cheeks went to the Birmingham police station for questioning and was released after police were called to a Woodward Avenue address. He was not arrested. Birmingham police conducted an investigation and presented its findings to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. USA Today Sports

September 4, 2013 Updates

Birmingham police were called to investigate a dispute involving Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks over the weekend. Cheeks, who will turn 57 next week, wasn’t arrested or booked, nor were there any charges filed by Birmingham police, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cheeks was questioned at the scene and let go. The source requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the situation. Detroit News

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The next year, Dunleavy was gone, Maurice Cheeks was hired and the dysfunction continued. During the height of the Blazers' frequent run-ins with the law, I appeared in a segment on a national NBC halftime show, which chronicled the team's problems and fall from grace. The team watched the segment on the flight home from their game, and Pippen became enraged. He informed the media relations staff that I was not to be allowed access to him. Despite the warnings, the next game I did what I always did: Popped my head through the media scrum around Pippen's locker and asked him about the game. Pippen gave me a cold stare, looked around for the media relations director and blurted, "I told you to keep him away from me!" before abruptly ending the interview session after three questions, much to the chagrin of the gathered reporters. Oregonian

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Peter Vecsey: Don't know if it's news to you but it was news to me when told today Lionel Hollins turned down offer to become Maurice Cheeks' top aide. Twitter @PeterVecsey1

July 12, 2013 Updates

Rodney Stuckey sat behind the Pistons bench Thursday at their summer-league game, an unexpected visitor to be certain. Hours earlier, he was pleasantly surprised by the news of Chauncey Billups’ return to the Pistons. The two exchanged text messages Thursday, and he also had an extended conversation with new coach Maurice Cheeks during the team’s morning shootaround. Former teammate and new assistant coach Rasheed Wallace was in on the talk. “(Cheeks) told me I’m one of the vets on this team, so it’s my time to lead,” Stuckey said after the Pistons’ 78-77 Summer League win over the Heat. “To get the guys involved and bring them along as well.” Detroit News

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