Cheeks assistant Maz Trakh, running the show for Summer League,
I hadn’t seen anywhere that the Pistons hired Trakh, but it appears that happened. Trakh was an assistant with Maurice Cheeks in Oklahoma City, where Trakh focused on player development and sat behind the Thunder’s bench.
It sounds like Trakh has quite an interesting backstory. David Lassen of The Press-Enterprise:
Before Brooks hired him in 2010, Maz spent five years coaching overseas — two in Jordan, where his Fastlink team won the 2005 Asian Club championship, plus stints in Lebanon, South Korea and the Philippines. He also coached in the CBA, coached the EA Sports traveling team that played exhibitions against NCAA teams in the early 2000s, was a head coach at Cabrillo Junior College in Aptos and had assistant’s stints at UC Irvine, Long Beach State and RCC.
Schermerhorn, now the basketball coach and athletic director at Holy Cross College in Indiana, said he’s going to write a book and a lot of it will be Maz stories.
“He’s a conniver,” Schermerhorn said, with fondness.
“He’d come to my house in Utah and say to my wife, ‘Can I do my laundry here?’ Linda would say, ‘Shoot, yes, you can do your laundry.’ So he’d leave, and then later on he’d call and say, ‘Mrs. Horn, can you put the laundry in the dryer?’ Then when it was time for her to do her laundry, Maz’s clothes would still be in there, so she’d fold ‘em for him.
“But you know what? He’s got one of the finest basketball minds I’ve ever been around. I’m talking Xs and Os with him all the time.”
the Thunder’s team policy is that assistant coaches are off-limits to the media.
“They probably started that rule because of Maz,” quipped RCC sports information director Robert Schmidt.
Which is too bad. The portrait others have painted is of a guy who takes the game seriously, but not himself.
“Maz is awesome,” said second-year Thunder center Cole Aldrich. “He’s funny in like a subtle way, kind of goofy. He’s a good dude.”