Maurice Edward Cheeks (born September 8, 1956), sometimes nicknamed Mo Cheeks, is an American former professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons. At the time of his retirement from his playing career, Cheeks was the NBA's all-time career leader in steals. He played most of his career for the Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2018.
Quotes about Maurice Cheeks
- His consistency... his ability to get the ball into the hands of the right people... he played great defense and when you needed him to score he would. He was a very consistent player. He was always there.
- Bobby Jones, former teammate, Courier-Post, Camden, New Jersey (05 Feb 1995)
- He's really one of the steadiest players I've ever seen. He was there to play every night. Some guys today play hard one night and go through the motions the next. But Maurice played hard every night.
- Harvey Pollack, Philadelphia 76ers statistician, Courier-Post, Camden, New Jersey (05 Feb 1995)