Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Cheeks was in the final year of a 4-year deal signed back in 2001. In his tenure in Portland, Cheeks was 162-139 with two playoff appearances. The Blazers are currently 22-33 and have lost 7 out of their last 9 games.
This is just another dark day in the recent history of what was once a proud franchise. The days of "Rip City", Clyde The Glyde, and championship-caliber ballclubs are long gone in the Rose City. Instead, the fans have had to deal with one off-the-court incident after another.
Maurice Cheeks deserves better. There is a coaching vacancy in Minnesota. I would have to think that coaching Kevin Garnett is a dream come true for a man who has had to put up with a bunch of classless individuals over the past 4 seasons.
So what's next for the Blazers? Will this organization ever be able to clean up the mess that Bob Whitsitt made? The fans of Portland deserve better.