Three days after the team gave him the axe, Mo Cheeks met with reporters on Tuesday to thank the fans and take responsibility for the poor start of a team which was thought to be a contender this year.
Sitting in front of a 76ers banner and behind a Sixers mic, fired head coach Maurice Cheeks took the blame.
Cheeks said he would be open to another position with the team, although he has not been approached about a job.
I’ve been a part of this town a long time and I don’t plan on going anywhere. If the opportunity is there for me to be in the organization, I’m more than happy to do that.
Stephen A. Smith is reporting that the Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Maurice Cheeks on Saturday.
Assistant GM Tony DiLeo will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, the sources said. Cheeks’ deal with the 76ers, who started the season 9-14, was guaranteed through next season.
After signing Elton Brand to a five-year deal worth nearly $80 million in the offseason, the Sixers have looked nothing like last season’s up-tempo squad that advanced to the playoffs.
The 76ers had lost eight of 10 games entering Saturday night’s game against the Washington Wizards in Philadelphia.
The Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets have agreed to a three-team trade that will bring two new guards to the Wiz.
Washington will receive New Orleans’ Mike James and Memphis’ Javaris Crittenton in the exchange, with the Hornets acquiring Washington’s Antonio Daniels and the Grizzlies coming away with a future first-round pick. New Orleans also received a conditional second-round pick from Memphis.
Arenas has yet to play this season for the Wizards since signing a new $111 million contract in the offseason. A firm timetable for Arenas’ comeback has not been established, but he has yet to be cleared to participate in contact drills, making a return by Jan. 1 very unlikely.
The Wizards also released former Illini guard Dee Brown to make roster room for their new players.
Kobe Bryant torched his hometown team again, scoring 32 to help the Lake-show rebound from a last-second loss with a 114-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum scored 18 points for the Lakers.
Andre Miller scored 26 points and Iguodala had 19 for the Sixers, who played the entire fourth quarter and the last 4:50 of the third without Elton Brand. Brand left early with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
The Sixers said Brand had a strained right hamstring amnd only finished with three points on 1-for-7 shooting in 25 ineffective minutes. Brand will be evaluated on Thursday.
‘The Truth’ Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 24 points in the third quarter to lead the Boston Celtics to their ninth straight win, 107-88 over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Ray Allen added 21 points, Rajon Rondo had 16 points with 12 assists and KG scored 15 points for the Celts (17-2) in a win over a top Eastern Conference rival.
Rashard ‘Dagger’ Lewis paced Orlando (13-5) with 30 points. Hedo Turkoglu had 19 and Dwight ‘Superman’ Howard, had 14 points with 15 boards and four blocked shots.
So the game on Wednesday night was pretty sicko sitting in my girlfriends luxury box and it was one hell of a game. Dwight Howard did not dissappoint as he is a manchild and Elton had flashes of excellence as well. Too bad Rashard Lewis had to bang that 3 ball from the corner in the final few seconds to give Orlando the victory.
And on to Sunday’s loss.
Ben Gordon scored 21 points, Drew Gooden had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from an early deficit for a 103-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Bulls number one pick Derrick Rose contributed 18 points and 10 assists and reached double figures in assists for the first time in his young career. Former Sixer Larry Hughes had 16 points for the Bulls (8-9), who won for only the third time in 10 games on the road.
Elton Brand had 21 points and 12 boards, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points for the Sixers, who have lost four straight to fall to 7-10. Andre Miller had 15 points and 10 assists, and Willie Green chipped in with 12 .
Philadelphia scored a season low 78 points in a 24 point loss at Boston on Friday and has been held below the 100-point mark in seven straight games. Next up for the Sixers are the Chicago Bulls again tomorrow night from Chicago.
We don’t usually do this here on the 215, but being how it is a product of one of our own we decided to give a small review.
I just wanted to give quick props to the folks over at Converse and our newest man Elton Brand on a sick pair of shoes this year. Elton and Converse, more specifically Kathleen at Converse were able to hook us both up with a pair of the black EB 1’s.
Elton’s first ever signature shoe felt as though they were molded to my foot, and seemingly come out of the box as if they were already broken in. Comfortable, stylish, and fresh, I am already eager to go out and drop……42, in my new EB ONE’s.
Once again thank you very much Converse and the awesome people that you have over there reaching out to the right people in the right places.
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