According to Philadelphia-area media reports, the 76ers and coach Maurice Cheeks are near a contract extension.
Reports in the Inquirer and Daily News stated that an agreement to keep Cheeks as coach is imminent, but not yet finished. Cheeks, 51, is in the final year of a three-year contract.
To be honest, I liked Mo as a player, but not as a coach. I feel that he does not get all that he can out of any given player. He looks bored on the sideline and never shows much of what I would call TRUE emotion. It’s like he knows his boss is watching and makes himself look busy by standing up here and there. I honestly think that Jim Lynam is calling most of the plays. He’s the only coach that I see getting into player’s faces and using the whiteboard.
In my mind he definitely underachieved in Portland, only posting a record of 162-139, with a very good team. Two playoff appearances and a career playoff record of 3- 7. Portland steadily declined in each year that Cheeks was tenured there. He’s horrible when it comes to handling the media, and I can see that translating to him handling his team. He needs to go if the Sixers think they will ever climb the hump that is mediocrity. Its time to pump some life into this team, and a few Mo’ years of Bo-ring Mo-rice Cheeks, is definitely not the way to do it.
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He motivates with his actions….who’s playing when, how much PT you get based off your performance when you do get PT, a silent motivator, never
embarrasses his players publicly……i like him….
Im sorry Money Mike, I have to disagree. A silent motivator, what good is that, hes only as good as his record. And he cant even crack .500 in the East. And hes going to get an extension for this! Come on, I give him more year to try and get over 500, but if he cant, he HAS to go.
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I can’t even begin to disagree with that entire post.
1. 49-33 (in the West) in 01-02 and got sweep by the 2-time and soon to be 3-time NBA champion LA Lakers lead by, well, everyone knows who was on that team. Oh yeah the Blazers were sweep in the first round the previous season as well under Mike Dunleavy (the better team won, not underachieving by Mo)
2. 50-32 (in the West) in 02-03 took the 60-win Mavs who were lead by Dirk and Nash to 7 games (sorry the better team won again, not underachieving by Mo)
3. You can’t simply state the team declined each season Mo coached and not also detail how the make-up of the team changed over that time as well. For starters Rasheed Wallace was traded mid-way through the 03-04 season, that in of itself would account for 10 less wins in my opinion. Also at that time it was widely reported about the problems certain players were having off the court the distractions it was causing. The reason the team was nicknamed the “Jailblazers” and why they enevitably fell apart. I don’t hold Mo responsible for that at all.
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