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Blazers hire Nate McMillan as coach

PORTLAND, Ore., July 6 (UPI) -- Nate McMillan was named the new coach of the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.

76ers replace O'Brien with Cheeks

PHILADELPHIA, May 23 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia 76ers fired Coach Jim O'Brien on Monday and turned the job over to former assistant Maurice Cheeks.

NBA: Memphis 104, Portland 83

MEMPHIS, March 14 (UPI) -- Mike Miller scored 27 points Monday night as the Memphis Grizzlies had all five starters in double figures in a 104-83 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Trail Blazers fire Maurice Cheeks

PORTLAND, Ore., March 2 (UPI) -- The Portland Trail Blazers fired Coach Maurice Cheeks Wednesday.

Basketball Hall of Fame finalists named

DENVER, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday announced the 16 finalists for induction into the 2005 class.

NBA: Portland 90, LA Clippers 86

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Damon Stoudamire scored 22 points Friday night and Portland came from behind in the fourth quarter to down the Los Angeles Clippers, 90-86.

Miles gets long-term deal

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The Portland Trailblazers Wednesday announced the signing of restricted free agent forward Darius Miles to a long-term contract.

NBA: Portland 102, Chicago 95 (OT)

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Rasheed Wallace scored five of his 29 points in overtime as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls, 102-95 Saturday.

NBA: Portland 109, Sacramento 104

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Derek Anderson scored 12 of his 29 points in overtime Tuesday night as the Portland Trail Blazers won at Sacramento, 109 -104.

NBA: Philadelphia 83, San Antonio 77

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Derrick Coleman had 20 points and 11 rebounds Saturday to help Philadelphia down the San Antonio Spurs, 83-77.

NBA: Memphis 93, Portland 79

MEMPHIS, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Bonzi Wells scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter Sunday as Memphis Grizzlies rallied for its fifth straight win, 93-79 over Portland.

NBA: Portland 97, Indiana 95 (OT)

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The Portland Trail Blazers capped a long, emotional day Wednesday night with a 97-95 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers.

NBA: Portland 97, New Jersey 93

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire had big fourth quarters Friday night as Portland rallied for a 97-93 victory over New Jersey.

Blazers suspend Wells for two games

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Bonzi Wells was suspended for two games without pay and stripped of his co-captaincy by Portland one day after cursing at coach Maurice Cheeks.

Portland extends coach's contract

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Portland Trail Blazers announced Thursday they had signed coach Maurice Cheeks to a one-year contract extension through the 2005-06 season.
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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Maurice Cheeks directs his team from the bench against the Phoenix Suns on January 4, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)
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Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheeks (born September 8, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association from May 23, 2005 to December 13, 2008. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from the start of the 2001–02 season until March 2, 2005.

Cheeks was born in Chicago, grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, and attended DuSable High School. He attended West Texas State University from 1974 to 1978. Cheeks was an all-Missouri Valley Conference player for three straight seasons, as he averaged 16.8 points per game and shot nearly 57% for his collegiate career. He is currently the third leading scorer in WTSU history.

After college, Cheeks was selected as the 36th pick in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, including 11 with the Philadelphia 76ers, He earned four trips to the NBA All-Star Game, and he helped the 76ers earn three trips to the NBA Finals in a four-year span in the early 1980s (1980, 1982, and 1983), including one NBA championship in 1983. While starting at point guard for a Sixers team that at times included stars such as Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, and Charles Barkley, Cheeks was well-regarded for his unselfish team play and excellent defensive skills. As a result, he was named to four straight NBA All-Defensive squads from 1983–86, and then earned a spot on the second team in 1987.

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