Blazers extend Cheeks' contract
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"Maurice is an essential member of the
Portland was 50-32 last season and nearly pulled off an astounding comeback against Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavs, poised for a sweep, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the series before the Blazers won three straight and forced a Game 7.
Dallas won that final game, however, and eliminated Portland from the postseason.
"Obviously, it's nice to know the organization has confidence in my abilities as coach." Cheeks said. "I'm excited about our future as a team and an organization and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
Cheeks, a 15-year veteran of the NBA, began his coaching career as an assistant in the CBA, where he led the Quad City Thunder to the league championship in 1993-94. He then returned to the NBA and was hired by the
The 47-year-old Cheeks is credited with the development of All-Star guard
A four-time NBA All-Star, he was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 1978 draft. Cheeks then became the