Sunday , Dec , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

76ers Fire Maurice Cheeks

The 76ers signed Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala to $80 million deals in the offseason and gave another $25 million to Louis Williams because they believed they could contend in the East.

When the blossoming Sixers nucleus stumbled to start the season, it was Maurice Cheeks who paid the price.

Cheeks was fired Saturday in his fourth year as coach of the Sixers, who are slumping at 9-14 a season after making the playoffs. Assistant general manager Tony DiLeo was appointed coach for rest of 2008-09.

The dismissal came hours before the 76ers were to play at home, with DiLeo making his coaching debut against Washington.;_ylt=AkLj_An4a0FDlbnzs4d5YdA5nYcB?slug=ap-76ers-cheeksfired&prov=ap&type=lgns