One year ago today....
Mo was fired.
Simple as that. Or as the release said "The Portland Trail Blazers have 'relieved' Maurice Cheeks of his coaching duties."
Such a nice, gentle way to put it.
One other comment jumps out from that official news release one year ago. This from John Nash:
"We made this change in order to evaluate the entire roster and to put the franchise in the best position as we head towards the draft and free agency."
One year later, the franchise has a .285 winning percentage since the move was made. The evaluation process brought us Steve Blake, Juan Dixon and Charles Smith through free agency. We saw Sebastian Telfair could be effective when Kevin Pritchard was the team's coach as he averaged 11.1 ppg, 6.6 apg in 34 mpg. This season, in 28 starts, the team's "point guard of the future" is has very similar numbers: 10 ppg, 4 apg, in 29 mpg. Funny thing is, the impression I have, and judging by the numbers maybe a wrong impression, is that Telfair isn't effective under Nate. But one thing we have found out about McMillan-the box score isn't what he looks at to evaluate. Telfair's poor defensive play and inability to make his teammates better probably lead to the conclusion that he hasn't really improved in the past 12 months.