It’s been a strange NBA offseason, in that two newly-hired head coaches found their names in the news due to run-ins with the law.
At least one of them has now been exonerated.
Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident last month, and although he was not arrested or charged with a crime, when the police are called to your home and then you head down to the station for questioning, your name will end up in a headline if there’s even a small amount of fame attached to it.
The formal update is that the investigation has been completed, and Cheeks won’t be charged.
From the Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks will not be charged in a domestic incident that occurred Aug. 30 in Birmingham, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper told the Free Press today.
Cheeks went to the Birmingham police station for questioning and was released after police were called to a Woodward Avenue address. He was not arrested. Birmingham police conducted an investigation and presented its findings to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
Cooper said the witness in the investigation was uncooperative with prosecutors and refused to press charges. “She left the state and refused to cooperate,” Cooper said.
Cheeks can hopefully put all of this behind him now.
We’re still awaiting word of a resolution in the other case that involved an NBA head coach this summer: Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was arrested and charged with a DUI back on August 28.
There are a lot of coaching interview rumors right now — basically the same handful of guys interviewing for every open job while those fan bases dream of Phil Jackson and Stan Van Gundy.
What follows is a wrap up of the weekend news from the coaching searches going on.
• The Suns are going to interview Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson for their head coaching spot, reports CBSSports. For those of you scoring at home Sampson has also spoken to the Sixers, Bobcats, Bucks and Hawks.
• The Suns also reportedly are interested in Quin Snyder.
• Oklahoma City assistant coach Maurice Cheeks is on the Pistons radar and was interviewed for the job, according to the Detroit Free Press.
• Here is the handy list from that same interview of guys who have interviewed or will soon in Detroit: Nate McMillan, Lindsey Hunter, Mike Budenholzer, J.B. Bickerstaff, Brian Shaw, Darrell Walker and Cheeks.
• Jeff Hornacek and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford both interviewed with the Bobcats, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
• Stein also gave one of the more interesting rumors of the weekend some love.
Sterling met with current Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro over the weekend. If he is now talking with other coaches it’s a sign for Vinny, and not a good one.
The problem wasn’t Rick Adelman’s body of work, it was the feeling by Houston Rockets management he wasn’t the guy for a rebuilding team.
They want a young coach to grow with and mold a rebuilding team, and so they are reaching out to top assistants from around the league, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The Rockets are interested in a long list of assistants, including San Antonio’s Mike Budenholzer, New Orleans’ Michael Malone, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Dean Demopoulos, Philadelphia’s Quin Snyder and Memphis’ Dave Joeger, along with former head coaches Lawrence Frank, an assistant in Boston, and Dwane Casey, an assistant in Dallas. The Rockets will seek a meeting with the Lakers’ Brian Shaw if he is not named the successor to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles.
Essentially, cast a wide net and see what you can reel in. Someone who has experience but can grow with this team ideally. Maybe catch lightning in a bottle.
That kind of list also means they are not rushing this decision. They have time and they are going to make a call they are comfortable with. So sit back, relax and take a sip of your favorite drink Rocket fans, this is going to take a while.