It’s now just more than 50 days since Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores made the decision to relieve Maurice Cheeks from his duties as head coach. It wasn’t a decision that general manager Joe Dumars was reportedly in favor of, but the fact that the decision was made over his head, gives a solid indication of how Detroit’s ownership seem to feel about him. At the time there was speculation of all sorts of high profile coaches being interested in the vacancy, yet Gores made the strange decision to promote assistant John Loyer into the hot seat on an interim basis.
Loyer had been an assistant around the league since 2003, spending three of those years in Detroit, but it remained a strange decision to place the team in his hands until the end of the season. Having been in playoff contention at the time, the Pistons have since plummeted down the standings, becoming a little bit of a laughing stock around the NBA. With that in mind, you have to wonder, was Mo Cheeks firing the trigger to tank in Detroit?