- Maurice Cheeks
Maurice Cheeks Cheeks (right) with Thunder head coach Scott Brooks No. 10, 1 Point guard Personal information Date of birth September 8, 1956 Place of birth Chicago, Illinois Nationality American High school DuSable (Chicago, Illinois) Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg) Career information College West Texas A&M (1974–1977) NBA Draft 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers Pro career 1978–1993 Career history As player: 1978–1989 Philadelphia 76ers 1989–1990 San Antonio Spurs 1990–1991 New York Knicks 1991–1992 Atlanta Hawks 1993 New Jersey Nets As coach: 2001–2005 Portland Trail Blazers 2005–2008 Philadelphia 76ers Career highlights and awards Career NBA statistics Points 12,195 (11.1 ppg) Assists 7,392 (6.7 apg) Steals 2,310 (2.1 spg) Stats at NBA.com Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheeks (born September 8, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association from May 23, 2005 to December 13, 2008. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from the start of the 2001–02 season until March 2, 2005.
Cheeks was born in Chicago, grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, and attended DuSable High School. He attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three straight seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is currently the third leading scorer in WTSU/WTAM history.
After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers earn three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s (1980, 1982, and 1983), including one NBA championship in 1983. While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, and Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well regarded for his unselfish team play and excellent defensive skills. As a result, he was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983 to 1986, and then earned a spot on the second team in 1987.
In NBA history, Cheeks ranks third all-time in steals and eighth all-time in assists. At the time of his retirement from the NBA in 1993, Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists. He averaged 11.7 points per game for his career and notched over 2 steals per contest.
After retirement, Cheeks spent one year coaching in the Continental Basketball Association, before becoming the 76ers assistant head coach in 1994. He coached under head coaches John Lucas (1994-96), Johnny Davis (1996-97), and Larry Brown, and he was an instrumental part of the Philadelphia team that reached the 2001 NBA Finals. In 2001, he was hired as Portland Trail Blazers head coach. He led the team to two playoff berths in four years as coach, but could not get past the first round. He was fired after a poor start to the 2004–05 campaign.
On April 25, 2003, during a game between the Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks, Cheeks aided 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert in singing the American national anthem. After Gilbert forgot the words at "At the twilight's last gleaming", Cheeks rushed over to help her and they finished it together, as the entire Rose Garden Arena crowd sang with them. Cheeks and Gilbert received a standing ovation after the song was over.
In 2005, Cheeks was named as head coach of the 76ers. Maurice Cheeks was popular among Sixers fans because of his eleven year tenure with the Sixers, during which he helped guide the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship. The move was also praised by Sixers star Allen Iverson, who worked with Cheeks during his run as Sixers' Assistant Head Coach.
However, he missed the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. Frustrations began to grow with Sixers veterans Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, who were not happy with the team's direction. During the 2006-07 season, Iverson would be traded to the Nuggets and Webber would be released, leaving Cheeks with one of the youngest teams in the NBA. On February 20, 2007, the 76ers extended Cheeks' contract one year despite his losing record as coach.
At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, expectations were low and the 76ers were picked to finish last in the Conference by many prognosticators. However, the Sixers clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 4, 2008. It was their first postseason appearance since 2005, as well as the first in the post-Iverson era. However, they were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons, 4–2. Even with this elimination, many fans considered this to be a successful season, considering that the Sixers were 12 games under .500 in early February and went on to have a 21-7 run that led them to the playoffs.
The Sixers started out the 2008-09 NBA season 9-14, despite their signing of Elton Brand and re-signing of Andre Iguodala during the offseason. Due to their slow start, the 76ers fired Cheeks on December 13, 2008.
Legend Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L% Win-loss % Post season PG Games coached PW Games won PL Games lost PW–L% Win-loss % Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result POR 2001–02 82 49 33 .598 3rd in Pacific 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round POR 2002–03 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Pacific 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round POR 2003–04 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Pacific — — — — Missed Playoffs POR 2004–05 55 22 33 .400 (fired) — — — — — PHI 2005–06 82 38 44 .463 2nd in Atlantic — — — — Missed Playoffs PHI 2006–07 82 35 47 .427 3rd in Atlantic — — — — Missed Playoffs PHI 2007–08 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Atlantic 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round PHI 2008–09 23 9 14 .391 (fired) — — — — — Career 570 284 286 .498 16 5 11 .313
- List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
- List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game
- ^ Sept. 15, 2005: Maurice Cheeks Chat Transcript
- ^ Shining moment for Cheeks and 13-year-old girl made us proud.. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved on June 20, 2009
- ^ http://www.seattlepi.com/basketball/2030ap_bkn_ers_iverson.html?rand=60182.35
- ^ NBA.com - 2007-08 Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers
- ^ SIXERS: Postgame Report: 76ers @ Hawks, April 4
- ^ NBA.com Sixers Hold Off Hawks, Clinch Playoff Spot
- ^ Philadelphia 76ers fire coach Maurice Cheeks - ESPN
- ^ Maurice Cheeks Coming To OKC | Thunder Rumblings
- Maurice Cheeks' career statistics
- Maurice Cheeks: NBA Historical Profile
- Video of Maurice Cheeks helping Natalie Gilbert sing the national anthem on April 25, 2003
- Maurice Cheeks InsideHoops.com profile
Sporting positions Preceded by
Portland Trail Blazers head coach
Kevin Pritchard (interim)
Philadelphia 76ers head coach
Tony DiLeo (interim)
1978 NBA Draft First roundMychal Thompson · Phil Ford · Rick Robey · Micheal Ray Richardson · Purvis Short · Larry Bird · Ron Brewer · Freeman Williams · Reggie Theus · Butch Lee · James Hardy · George Johnson · Winford Boynes · Roger Phegley · Mike Mitchell · Jack Givens · Rod Griffin · Dave Corzine · Marty Byrnes · Frankie Sanders · Mike Evans · Raymond Townsend Second roundTerry Tyler · Keith Herron · Rick Wilson · Ron Carter · Wayne Radford · Buster Matheney · John Long · Jeff Judkins · Marvin Johnson · John Rudd · Harry Davis · Greg Bunch · Tommie Green · Maurice Cheeks · Terry Sykes · Lew Massey · James Lee · Wayne Cooper · Jerome Whitehead · Keven McDonald · Glenn Hagan · Clemon Johnson Philadelphia 76ers 1982–83 NBA Champions
2 Moses Malone (Finals MVP) | 4 Clint Richardson | 6 Julius Erving | 8 Marc Iavaroni | 10 Maurice Cheeks | 14 Franklin Edwards | 22 Andrew Toney | 24 Bobby Jones | 25 Earl Cureton | 31 Mark McNamara | 33 Reggie Johnson | 45 Clemon Johnson
Head coach Billy Cunningham
Assistant coaches Matt Guokas | Jack McMahon
Regular season • Playoffs Philadelphia 76ers Formerly the Syracuse Nationals • Founded in 1939 • Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Franchise Arenas Coaches General Managers D-League Affiliate Administration Retired Numbers NBA Championships (2) RivalsBoston Celtics Culture and Lore MediaTelevisionRadioAnnouncers Portland Trail Blazers Founded in 1970 • Based in Portland, Oregon The Franchise Arenas Coaches General Managers President D-League Affiliate Administration Retired Numbers NBA Championships (1) Culture and lore Media Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Oklahoma City Thunder current roster
East Atlantic: BOS · NY · NJ · PHI · TOR Southeast: ATL · CHA · MIA · ORL · WAS Central: CHI · CLE · DET · IND · MILWest Northwest: POR · MIN · OKC · DEN · UT Southwest: DAL · HOU · MEM · NO · SA Pacific: GS · LAC · LAL · PHX · SAC
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