Maurice Cheeks "looking forward" to new season

Maurice Cheeks of the Philadelphia 76ers coaches against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 2, 2008
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Detroit Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks says that he is looking forward to his first season as the team's head coach.

Maurice Cheeks has said that he is looking forward to his first season in charge of the Detroit Pistons.

The former point guard, who played in the league between 1978 and 1993, took over as head coach at the team in June.

The 57-year-old told the Pistons' website: "I want to create turnovers. I want to get out in the open court.

"We've got some runners. We've got some athletes. We want to utilise those guys in those areas. We clearly have some big guys down low that can run. [Greg] Monroe and [Andre] Drummond, they can get down the floor.

"The vision I had when I first got here hasn't changed. It's just been enhanced, really, with Josh and Brandon and people like that who can get out in the open court and get out and play. I'm looking forward to it."

Cheeks has previously coached at the Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

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