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Sixers Fire O’Brien, Hire Mo Cheeks

May 23, 2005, 5:15 PM EDT

Wow, bold move by Billy King.  My initial thoughts after hearing this minutes ago are positive.  Mo Cheeks was my hero growing up, I used to model my game after him.  Jim O’Brien is not a good coach, Mo Cheeks is a good coach.  My only concern is how he will mesh with the man that is Allen Iverson.

Link: SIXERS: Sixers Hire Cheeks as Head Coach, Relieve O’Brien of Duties.

Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Billy King announced May 23 that Maurice Cheeks has been hired as the 21st head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and that Jim O’Brien has been relieved of his head coaching duties.

Cheeks arrives in Philadelphia after three-plus seasons as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. He recorded a mark of 162-139 (.538) in Portland, the fourth-highest win total in Blazers history. During his time in Portland, the Blazers reached the NBA Playoffs twice, and his 2002-03 squad tied for second in the Pacific Division with a 50-32 record.