Cheeks, according to NBA coaching sources, was summoned to Detroit this weekend for a third-stage interview for the job vacated by Lawrence Frank’s dismissal in April.
Sources told ESPN.com that Cheeks’ trip was actually his first visit to Detroit as part of this process after conducting his first interview for the job by phone and then meeting separately with Los Angeles-based Pistons owner Tom Gores.
The consensus in coaching circles is that Detroit is closing in on a choice between Cheeks, currently an assistant coach in Oklahoma City, and former Seattle and Portland head coach Nate McMillan.
This news makes Cheeks a clear favorite to get the job, though I wouldn’t assume it’s inevitable. Perhaps, Nate McMillan also has another interview coming – at least I hope he does. I much prefer McMillan to Cheeks.
Cheeks has a history of mediocrity, and though McMillan’s floor is probably similar to Cheeks’, McMillan’s ceiling is much higher – even if many don’t understand how his teams succeed.
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