How Maurice Cheeks differs from Lawrence Frank

David Mayo of MLive had an interesting column analyzing the differences between Lawrence Frank and Maurice Cheeks.

After five consecutive days of practice and/or games, Frank would give the Pistons the next non-game day off. You could set flight schedules around it. Some of us did.

I asked Cheeks if he had any specific number of work days after which players should rest.

You guessed it, up in the air.

“I’m not going to kill them,” he said. “I’ll be reasonable in when I look at a day off. Have they been playing, been practicing and playing? I’ll be reasonable. I’ll think about when I wanted a day off when I was playing.”

If Cheeks wins, he’s flexible. If he loses, he’s disorganized.Right now, we’re just gathering facts, and we’ll fit them into the narrative once it emerges.

But seriously, Cheeks is probably both more flexible and less organized than Frank. To what degree that tradeoff helps/hurts the Pistons is yet to be determined, but I think Cheeks’ demeanor means the players will try harder to make his approach work than they did for Frank. So, it’s possible Cheeks hurts the Pistons in this regard but more than makes up for it by connecting personally with his players.

That’s what makes evaluating coaching, which so much of happens behind the scenes, difficult. At least Cheeks is nailing the aspect of coaching we will see.

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