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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  21 responses

Lawrence Frank Might Want to Think About Updating His Resume

by Marcel Mutoni

Lawrence Frank’s status as the longest-tenured coach in the East might soon change, to that of a guy looking for work. At least, that’s the impression his boss gave to the local media when asked about Frank’s job security.

Rod Thorn attempted to be diplomatic, but his poker face failed him when discussing Lawrence Frank’s future (or lack thereof) in New Jersey. From the Star-Ledger:

“I can’t guarantee anyone will be here,” Thorn said Tuesday, when asked about Lawrence Frank’s job security. “It’s true. At the end of the year, we’ll assess what’s happened. We’ll have a full assessment, just like we did last year. But I would have said the same thing last year: I can’t guarantee anything or anyone on any level — player, coach or president — will be here.”

Thorn was reminded that he wasn’t asked about a player or the team president, and that he was leaving a very strong inference that Frank — the longest-tenured coach in the Eastern Conference — won’t be asked to return for the final year of his contract when the season ends in 15 days. He did not change his tone.

“All of us are part of what’s transpired this year, starting with myself, down through the players,” Thorn said. “As we do every year, when the season’s over, you look at the big picture, see where you could possibly make changes to get better, and you do what you have to do. There’s nothing to infer. We’re not finishing the way we’d like to finish. At the middle of the year, we were around .500, and since then we’ve struggled. We still have eight games, but we’re not finishing well. And this is what all organizations do, in virtually every area: Determine what went wrong, why it went wrong, how to get it better.”

With the Nets currenty 14 games below .500, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Couple that with the fact that the team can’t play defense to save its life – something Thorn is very keen on – and it becomes fairly obvious that change is needed in The Swamp.

Unfortunately for Lawrence Frank, that change likely includes him no longer being in the picture next season.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    This is probably about 5 years too late.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I think Rod Thorn has worn out his welcome as well.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Frank messed up with CDR. Should have started playing him a long time ago. he’s playing behind trenton hassell, jarvis hayes and bobby simmons. cmon now.

  • http://www.casinoaztarindiana.com/ CasinoAztarIndiana

    Right, I’m with your opinion Z

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    First of all: Thorn can say what he wants, but it’s safe to say Frank will be back next season. Why? Because next season is the final year of his contract, worth 4,5 million. And the Nets can’t afford him sitting at home eating that 4,5 mil.
    In other news: Eddie Jordan back to the Nets?

  • riggs

    FINALLY.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    God, he’s awful. I think the financial issue of buying him out is all thats keeping him around. Free CDR! Eddie Jordan could be a great hire.

  • http://soulbanger.tumblr.com tapion786

    oh frank. must say, it would definitely be a relief to see you go. and CDR should definitely get more playing time. the two times he did play, he put up numbers. there’s no reason to keep him cold on the bench.
    and eddie jordan as a hire would be a great move.

  • ClydeSays

    I put alot of the Nets failure on Thorn. He never found a reliable backup for Kidd, which lead to injuires, and then losses. Then he overpaid for Jefferson and then Carter.

    As for defense, you need players commited on the defensive side of the ball. Carter, Kidd, Harris, Jefferson were all ok defenders at best. At worst, the were indifferent.

    Nets have some good young players, but need some reliable vets and the entire team has to commit on both ends.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Nets tuned out Little Larry so long ago they think Suss is the coach.

  • Michael

    yes eddie jordan would really tighten up that d, washington were very tough to score on

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And if Little Larry wants to be a head coach in the NBA again, he might want to think about lying on his resume.

  • Jacob

    isnt lawrence frank one of those people that you can just see taking your order at mcdonalds?

  • Herfdawg

    Frank isn’t THAT bad. i mean, look at what he’s done with his teams… he has done well with OK teams, and done bad with bad teams. they’ll keep him another year. and eddie jordan is worse than frank. jordan couldnt get out of the FIRST ROUND with 3 all stars and a decent bench.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    sigh… again: Frank still has one year left on his contract, paying him 4,5 million, I don’t see it happening….
    Although it’s time for him to move on, I must admit that he isn’t such a bad coach as many people think him to be over here.

  • BxBaller

    I’m surprised he’s lasted this long, I thought he wouldn’t make it past the all-star breask.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Russ Bengtson Posted: Apr.1 at 3:53 pm
    And if Little Larry wants to be a head coach in the NBA again, he might want to think about lying on his resume.
    ________________________________________________
    Would fudging his details so that he looked EVEN MORE like Scott Skiles help…?
    [..."I once scored 30 assists in one game..."]

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    QUESTION:

    Can teams SWAP coaches…?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Dacre: what are you talking about? If you’re talking about appearance, he doesn’t look at all like Skiles.

  • Rob

    I wouldnt want eddie jordan either, and his wretched princeton offence, UGH! tht offence is whts holds back my beloved hornets.

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