The day after a convincing win, the teams second straight, over the Denver Nuggets Maurice Cheeks has been fired by the Detroit Pistons. Cheeks coached just 50 games as the Detroit Pistons.
David Mayo, Pistons beat writer from MLive.com, tweeted shortly after the firing that John Loyer will be named interim coach.
Interesting afternoon so far huh? John Loyer will be #Pistons interim coach after Cheeks firing.
— David Mayo (@David_Mayo) February 9, 2014
Team President and General Manager Joe Dumars said the change was a difficult one for the organization to make.
This was a difficult decision for the organization to make but we needed to make a change,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. “We have great respect for Maurice and appreciate his hard work.”
Owner Tom Gores echoed Joe Dumars in his statement but added the sentiment that the team has not been meeting expectations.
Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in the team’s release. “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.
“The responsibility does not fall squarely on any one individual, but right now this change is a necessary step toward turning this thing around. I still have a lot of hope for this season and I expect our players to step up. I respect and appreciate Maurice Cheeks and thank him for his efforts; we just require a different approach.”
Last week, Maurice Cheeks had a very public confrontation with Will Bynum during loss in Orlando. The nose to nose yelling match was the latest sign of a team division boiling just beneath the surface of the Pistons 21-29 record. Bynum has not played in the last two games for the Pistons.
Cheeks firing leaves the question of whether General Manager Joe Dumars is next. Dumars has been on the hot seat for the last few seasons and is in the last year of his deal.