It’s been a good offseason for the Detroit Pistons, but the last thing they need is for new coach Maurice Cheeks to get into any type of trouble as NBA teams get ready to open camps in a few weeks. Reports from the Detroit media late last week reported that Cheeks was brought into a police station in Birmingham, Detroit in regards to a domestic incident. He was questioned and released.
That’s all that’s known so far about the situation, as the Pistons and police officials involved in the matter wouldn’t comment. Police officials did say that there’s an ongoing investigation, but won’t say whether or not it involves Cheeks.
Obviously Piston officials have to be praying that’s there’s not much, if anything to this. With the heavy amount of offseason activity the Pistons went though to try to build a team that can make the NBA playoffs, they don’t need their coach having problems hanging over his head. It’s impossible to coach in the NBA under such circumstances.
He hasn’t coached his first game for the Pistons yet, but Cheeks seems to be the guy who can get the job done and blend together the new and expensive talent team that president Joe Dumars has brought to the franchise. He came in representing the coach who would command respect from his players and get it at all times, something Cheeks’ predecessors have lacked.
If something negative about Cheeks unfolds in this incident, it’s hard to believe that the respect level players may have had for him will remain high. Pistons fans have to hope Cheeks has been behaving himself, and will continue to do so.