February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Team Chuck coach Maurice Cheeks talks to an official during the second half of the BBVA rising stars challenge at the Amway Center in Orlando. Team Chuck defeated Team Shaq 146-133. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons Considering Mo Cheeks For Head Coaching Job


The Detroit Pistons continue their search for a new head coach, and according to ESPN, Maurice “Mo” Cheeks is emerging as the favorite for the job.

According to Marc Stein, Cheeks has been called to Detroit for a third interview, after having talked to the team over the phone and also met with Pistons owner Tom Gores.

At this point, is seems as though the Pistons will choose between former Portland head coach Nate McMillan and Cheeks. However, several weeks ago the team turned to Phil Jackson and hired him as a short-term advisor in the team’s head coaching search. The general consensus is that Jackson has highly recommended Brian Shaw, who worked under Phil in Los Angeles. Many believe that Shaw is long overdue a head coaching gig and his defensive mindset is one that could fit well with the young core of the Pistons.

Shaw is currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers, so it would not be surprising if Detroit waited until the Pacers’ season ended in order to have a talk with Shaw.

Cheeks is currently an assistant coach for Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has previously been a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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