Pistons Key is Players Not Coach

     The Detroit Pistons will introduce Maurice Cheeks this week as their new head coach and it will draw a ho hum from most observors.  Cheeks has been around the league after playing for 15 years.  He won't be naive to the Pistons problems-- of which there are many.  Whether he can improve the team and revive interest in the franchise remains to be seen.  Cheeks has been an assistant the past four years in Oklahoma City and he is given credit by many for developing Russell Westbrook.  Fine, but can he bring the guy to Detroit with him?  Or can he develop one of the Pistons into the next Russell Westbrook?  The NBA is a players league, pure and simple.  George Karl and Lionel Hollins just got fired after winning 56 and 57 games respectively this past season.   These coaching jobs in the NBA are bizarre to say the least.  For the Pistons, as I see it, it's all about getting better players, not whether Mo Cheeks can work some magic with what he already has on the roster.

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