Maurice Cheeks is the leading contender to replace Lawrence Frank as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, according to a media report.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night that owner Tom Gores and team president Joe Dumars had reached a consensus on hiring the 56-year-old Cheeks over the other top candidate, Nate McMillan.
Cheeks, now an assistant coach for Oklahoma City, has had two previous stints as a head coach. He took over the Portland job in 2001 from Mike Dunleavy and went 99-65 in his first two seasons with a roster including Rasheed Wallace, Scottie Pippen and a young Zach Randolph. However, the team lost in the first round of each year's postseason.
Unfortunately for Cheeks, this was the heights of Portland's "Jail Blazers" era, and the team dropped to 41-41 in Cheeks' third year. In the 2004-05 season, with the team plagued by more legal issues, Cheeks was fired after a 22-33 start.
The next season, he replaced Jim O'Brien as the coach of the 76ers -- the...