Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  14 responses

Detroit Pistons to Name Lawrence Frank New Head Coach

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Following the epic disaster that was the John Kuester era, it appears that the Detroit Pistons have a new bench boss.

Lawrence Frank will reportedly assume head coaching duties in Motown, beating out candidates such as Mike Woodson for the gig. Frank was hired in part for his ability to gain players’ respect in the locker room (something Kuester failed at miserably.)

The Detroit News reports:

The Pistons seemingly have made their decision: Lawrence Frank will be their coach, according to sources. Frank, 40, most recently a Celtics assistant, is expected to finalize a deal in the next two days. He would replace John Kuester, who was fired in June after compiling a 57-107 record in two seasons.

Pistons president Joe Dumars has said publicly he wanted a coach who could not only command respect from the players, but also had experience. It led many to believe former Pistons assistant and Hawks coach Mike Woodson would be the choice. Woodson, who interviewed for the Timberwolves job this week, is known for cultivating young talent, as well as commanding respect in the locker room.

For what it’s worth, at least one Detroit Pistons player is in favor of the decision to hire Lawrence Frank: “Two thumbs up,” Pistons forward Austin Daye said. “He’s a winning coach, he’s got a lot of experience. He knows what he’s doing. He had a little rough patch in New Jersey, but other than that, I think he’s a good hire. I think someone that has his credentials will demand more respect,” Daye said. “Not that Kue (Kuester) didn’t have credentials, but (we need) someone that’s won playoff games. From what I’ve heard around the league, players respect him and he expects a lot from his players. We’re definitely turning the page from the last two seasons.”

Reportedly, GM Joe Dumars wanted to Mike Woodson to take the job, but he was overruled in the Pistons’ front office. No matter, Lawrence Frank is the new man in charge on the pine in Detroit.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Nice hire.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Not bad. Of the two I think Frank is a better coach. He’s defensive minded and holds players accountable. That’s exactly what they need in the D.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Good move.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Woodson would have been a mistake…nice guy, but bad X’s and O’s coach. I thought for sure they were going to go with Woodson though, so this is a pleasent suprise.

  • ogog

    Yesss!! lets get back in gear

  • AD

    lol lawrence frank went from terrible to good back to terrible….. shhhhh least he has a job(hopefully)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    ^I hear that all the time. Getting tired of it when it’s used to force you to accept sh!t you normally wouldn’t stand for. that’s the world we live in. (I’ve used this tagline twice already, I think Ima make it my sign off line for awhile until I get tired of it…)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    That’s the world we live in.

  • Riggs

    so everybody forgot the horrible seasons he had as the nets head coach? because i didn’t.

  • Heals

    Good for him, but hopefully now the C’s can get some continuity (tough losing Thibs and Larry in back-to-back years) on their staff or promote ArmondH…

  • Marcus Bastos

    Good move. He’s a smart coach and knows how to build a defensive minded team.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good luck man. Good luck. Disfunctional group of guys there in Detroit. Could be decent, but I doubt they make the playoffs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Everyone seems to forget the 54 games NJ lost that season after he was fired…I’m pretty sure that team was just awful…

  • http://slamonline.com LazyEyeJackson

    good hire.