This hire comes as no surprise as Joe Dumars and the Pistons’ front office have had Cheeks in for interviews multiple times since the end of the season. While this may seem like a quality hire by the team, taking someone who has experience as both a player and a coach, it shows that Detroit is making no progress.
Cheeks has made it to the playoffs three times, missed the playoffs three times and has been fired in mid-season twice. While he has coached two different teams to the playoffs, he has never once made it past the first round or even led a team to more than 50 wins in a season.
Many fans are extremely upset with the direction that this team could be headed if things don’t pan out the way Dumars hopes. The last couple of coaches that have been hired have not been given an adequate amount of time to deliver. The reason for that is because it has been evident that no progress was in the works.
Dumars is hoping an experienced coach and player like Cheeks will be different.
However, as Michael Curry, John Keuster and Lawrence Frank will tell you, he may be no different and could be out in two years.