If the Detroit Pistons were looking for a point guard Monday, they certainly found a great one.
Maurice Cheeks went to four All-Star Games in a 15-year career, made it onto four All-Defensive First Teams and won a championship with the Philadelphia 76ers, all while playing the point at the same time as Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Dennis Johnson and John Stockton.
Of course, at 56 years of age, Cheeks isn't going to be running the point for the Pistons. He's going to be the head coach, and his history at that job isn't quite as spectacular.
After his playing career ended, Cheeks was an assistant for the 76ers from 1994 to 2001, helping a team led by Allen Iverson reach the 2001 NBA Finals. The Sixers lost in four games, but Cheeks was suddenly a hot young coaching prospect. At the age of 45, he got what looked like a good job, replacing Mike Dunleavy in Portland. The Trail Blazers were coming off 59- and 50-win seasons, and were just a year removed from a seven-game defeat by the...