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.
UPDATE: Seems some terms have been come to light concerning Mo’s extension (a one year deal), and upon seeing them, it seems that the Sixer brass agrees with my take on Maurice Cheeks as a coach. Like I said, he aint that great, and hes done an OK job to warrant a one-year deal. But if he cant get the Sixers over that .500 hump this, or next year, hes gotta go.
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.