After poor start, Detroit fires Cheeks as coach

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After poor start, Detroit fires Cheeks as coach

The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks after barely half a season in charge of the National Basketball Association team, the club announced on Sunday.

Cheeks became the first NBA head coach fired this season.

“This was a difficult decision for the organization to make, but we needed to make a change,” Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

The Pistons are ninth in the Eastern Conference this season at 21-29, though they have won their past two games.

“Our record does not reflect our talent and we simply need a change,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. Cheeks, 57, was appointed coach in June on a two-year deal.

Detroit assistant John Loyer will reportedly step in as the interim coach.

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