Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks to become Pistons head coach

Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks is moving up the ladder, with another chance as a NBA head coach with the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons formally announced their decision to bring Cheeks in as the team’s head coach to take Lawrence Frank’s place, ESPN.com reported.

“The leadership and player development qualities he brings as a former player and coach blends nicely with the roster we are building for the future,” Pistons president Joe Dumars said in a statement posted by Sports Illustrated. “He’s won an NBA championship, coached in two NBA Finals as an assistant coach and mentored some of the top young players in the NBA.”

The 56 year-old NBA veteran played for the 1983 Sixers, but also played for the Spurs, Knicks, Hawks and Nets and after 15 seasons, he retired. His career averages included 11.1 points, 6.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

“We are very excited to have someone of his experience and talent help take this franchise into the future,” Pistons manager Tom Gore said in a statement to ESPN.com.

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