Philadelphia 76ers fire coach Maurice Cheeks
Never before in NBA history have coaches fallen this early in the season in such numbers. Now, Maurice Cheeks became the NBA’s fifth coaching casualty of the season. On Saturday, Cheeks was fired as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
With the off-season acquisition of Elton Brand, the 2008-09 season was supposed to be a good one for the Sixers. Unfortunately, it hasn’t played out that way to date.
Despite leading the team in scoring, Brand has not yet lived up to expectations and the rest of the team also has struggled.
The Sixers have a record of 9-14 and had been expected to be a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.
According to the Associated Press, the dismissal came hours before the 76ers were to play at home Saturday night, with DiLeo now making his coaching debut against Washington. DiLeo has spent 19 seasons with the 76ers. He was promoted to senior vice president/assistant general manager in 2003.
Cheeks was one of more the popular players in 76ers history and was starting his fourth season as coach. GM Ed Stefanski had given Cheeks two contract extensions in the past season, but the slow start was enough to cost him his job.