Former NBA All-Star point guard Maurice Cheeks has been tapped by the Detroit Pistons to become the new head coach, replacing Lawrence Frank. For the past four seasons Cheeks has been an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and formally agreed to coach the team on Monday.
“After spending some time with Maurice, I was very impressed not only with his basketball knowledge but his communication and leadership skills,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. “We are very excited to have someone of his experience and talent help take this franchise into the future.”
This isn’t the first time Cheeks has been chosen to be the head coach of an NBA team. He’s previously coached the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers, posting a career mark of 284-286 with three first-round playoff exits in his six full seasons as a head coach.