The Detroit Pistons fired head Maurice ‘Mo’ Cheeks on Sunday morning, putting everyone in the Pistons organization on notice that they could be and will be replaced if they continue to underperform. But while the team axed Cheeks in a pretty cold-blooded way, they didn’t actually have anyone in mind to replace him.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Cheeks firing had less to do with what was out there in terms of coaching options more to do with his failure to get the team on the right path.
Tough-minded, defensive coaches are available — Lionel Hollins, Houston’s Kelvin Sampson — but Gores didn’t fire Cheeks w/ anyone in mind.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 9, 2014
Detroit is going with assistant coach John Loyer as the interim right now, with the intention of letting him finish the season. That could change at anytime, as the Pistons are a team that needs to be fixed right away, but it’s Loyer’s team at the moment.
This may not be the most ideal situation for fans, but it shows just how frustrated the team was with Cheeks that they fired him without much a replacement plan.