Maurice Cheeks Rumors

A week later, in practice, things came to a head. “I came down on a 3-on-1 and hit pull-up 15-footer off the glass and [Cheeks] stopped practice,” says Barnes. “He yells, ‘What are you doing? What are you shooting the ball for? You know that’s not your job, you gotta pass the ball!’” Barnes was shocked “What? But I made the shot.” Said Cheeks: “That’s why you don’t play.’” And then, Barnes says, he lost it. “I was going to chase him down and whoop his ass, so I took off after him and AI grabbed me and I got through him and Chris [Webber] grabbed me and bearhugged me and I said to Mo, ‘You’re lucky.’” Says Barnes now: “I hated Mo Cheeks. He was a dick.”
Philly is also where Barnes learned that it’s a star’s league. At the time, he was the 12th man, clinging to a job. As Barnes tells it, he was working with shooting coach Buzz Braman after practice, hoping to smooth out a hitch in his shot, when Sixers head coach Mo Cheeks walked by. “I don’t see why you’re working on your shot,” Cheeks said. “You’re not going to get to shoot here.” Barnes fumed, but said nothing.
Remember the time Patterson fined Darius Miles $150,000 and publicly scolded the small forward for berating his coach in a film session? I do. So does then-coach Maurice Cheeks. Because that act of support for Cheeks was followed by a back-room deal between Patterson and Miles in which the small forward would receive every penny of the fine back, plus interest. When I informed Cheeks of the arrangement, he said, “I might as well pack my bags.”
While the Nets have yet to announce who will be part of Hollins’ coaching staff, one likely option will be Henry Bibby, a longtime Hollins assistant in Memphis who spent last season working under Maurice Cheeks with the Pistons. Other names that have been reported as possibilities for Hollins’ staff include former Suns, Sonics and Kings coach Paul Westphal, Lakers assistant Johnny Davis — a teammate of Hollins on the 1977 champion Trail Blazers and a former assistant on his staff in Memphis — and current Nets assistant Joe Prunty.
You played with the Blazers for the most part of your career. Those Blazer teams had tons of talent but at the end it seems something was missing to get to the top. DA: Cohesiveness. You need a coach to bring everyone together, and at the time Maurice Cheeks just started coaching… You see now, he just got fired recently from Detroit. That’s the whole point, you can’t have a coach not prepared for that. Cheeks is a great guy, but coaching is a different animal. You have to know that.
Jennings made it clear Friday he doesn’t like his cards. It would be “kind of embarrassing” to miss the playoffs with the retooled roster this season, he said, and the dismissal of Cheeks after 50 games continues to affect him more than his teammates, he acknowledged. “To be honest, I don’t think the team is probably tripping,” about the Cheeks firing, Jennings said. “I feel like it’s still the same. It’s still the same. Not much has really changed, if you asked me.”
Maurice Cheeks was fired Sunday by Detroit, because he’s got an owner who paid a lot of money for Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings last summer and thinks his team should be far better than it is. So Cheeks was the first coach to walk the plank this NBA season. “You know what happens when you get the first firing,’’ said one Western Conference executive after hearing the news on Cheeks. “Now the floodgates will open. All it takes is for that first guy to get fired. Now we’re sure to see some more coaches go. It always works that way.”
wpid-i_b9_80_bb_463396301.jpg
In a league where coaches are losing their jobs at a higher rate than ever, Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks have been in the minority as a consistent and successful organization. Cuban has employed just three coaches in his 14 years of ownership, while Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons have hired 10 in that same span. With news breaking Friday of the firing of Mo Cheeks, Cuban discussed the challenges of managing an NBA franchise. “Hiring a head coach is the hardest thing to do in professional sports, by far,” Cuban told CLNS Radio. “There is nothing else even close and so you just never know until you know.