Although some of his teammates playfully refer to Cheeks as “Mo Obama”, in reference to the President due to Cheeks’ preachy nature, it was appreciated.
“He’s straightforward, keeps it real. He expects a lot from me and my teammates,” Stuckey said. “He just wants me to come in and bring energy and be myself.”
Cheeks went into “Obama mode” during Summer League when Stuckey visited the team shortly after Cheeks was hired as coach, and Stuckey, entering the final year of his contract, wasn’t even sure he would be with the team come training camp.
“He tells you like it is,” Stuckey said. “When he gets on you, he does it in a positive way because he wants you to do better.”
“Not to mess with you mentally or mess with anything. He just wants you to get better.”
A running nickname several of the Pistons players have given Maurice Cheeks is “Reverend Obama,” comparing him to President Barack Obama, his fellow Chicagoan.
“Me and Brandon started watching it, and Andre wanted to come in,” Cheeks said. “He’s a student. I’m a teacher. He just called me ‘Principal’ because I had my glasses on. Just trying to show them the game, that’s all.”
But three nicknames for Cheeks is too many. We need to settle on one.
Reverend Obama seems a little over the top with its doubling down on the point, and we can’t go around calling everyone with glasses “Principal.” That’s just crazy. My favorite of those three is “Mo Obama” – as long as nobody mistakes it for Bo Obama.