Originally posted on Universal Takeover Sports Network  |  Last updated 2/9/14
Saying that their current record is not living up to their current level of talent, the Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Mo Cheeks effective immediately. The decision appears at first to be a puzzling move, to say the least. First of all, the Pistons are not necessarily a talent heavy team, especially compared to other teams in the Eastern Conference. Detroit currently occupies the 9th spot in the East with a 21-29 record. And Cheeks had only coached 50 games for the organization. But upon closer review, the decision just might be a stroke of genius. Rumor has it that Detroit will attempt to court Lionel Hollins to fill the head coaching spot. Hollins, formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, is currently unemployed and would certainly provide a spark for a Detroit Pistons team that has just as good of a chance to make the playoffs as any other mediocre team in the East. So, considering the topsy-turviness of the Eastern Conference, why shouldn’t Detroit roll the dice on improving its lot? Here are some comparisons. Boston occupied the top spot in the Atlantic Division early on but have now fallen off pace. Brooklyn was in the dredges and now looks to be a scary opponent come April. And both Toronto and Washington put together runs that have solidified their playoff hopes. Following those stories, the Detroit Pistons have chosen to make a run at one of the four or five playoff spots that are up for grabs. If the decision pays off with a playoff berth, it was worth it. Whether or not the Pistons experience any success this year beyond a first round date, a post season appearance would go a long way towards building a foundation for seasons to come. So Mo Cheeks is out. Enter Lionel Hollins, maybe? He is a proven winner from his days in Memphis. He would bring a defensive toughness to Detroit that is necessary for post season success. If the Detroit Pistons have a short-term blueprint that includes Lionel Hollins, then fans should applaud the decision. At the very least, Piston backers should not be content with mediocrity, especially with the wide open bottom half of the Eastern Conference. All Motown fans can ask for is a chance, and this decision might offer just that. Is this a good move by the Detroit Pistons? Chime in on Twitter @coachdarin22 Feature Image: CBS Sports
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