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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 3:00 pm  |  8 responses

Detroit Pistons Fire Head Coach Lawrence Frank


Lawrence Frank is the latest coaching domino to fall today — the Detroit Pistons announced that Lil’ Frank will not return next season. This was expected, of course. Per the Detroit Free Press: “We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,’ president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a released statement. ‘Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future.’ Frank concludes his Pistons career with a 54-94 record. The Pistons now will be looking for their eighth coach in 14 seasons. Frank, 42, was hired during the NBA lockout of 2011, after developing a solid reputation as head coach of the New Jersey Nets for six years run and one season as an assistant under Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics. Frank’s first year showed promise when, after a 4-20 start to the lockout-shortened season, he navigated a 21-21 finish. But the Pistons lost their first eight games this season, and right when they appeared to be improving, they lost rookie center Andre Drummond for 22 games because of a back injury. The Pistons collapsed, going 1-13 in March. Many times, they weren’t even competitive. Frank missed six games during the month because his wife was ill on the East Coast.”

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  • LLC#12

    He should have jumped before he was pushed. Everyone knew this was coming.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    And miss out on severance? That’s pride talking!

  • Tupac

    good choice.

  • pposse

    future employers will always respect the man who stepped down or resigned from their past job over the man who got fired. It holds true in every industry.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Except for the pilot in mid-flight off-course.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    yawn

  • omphalos

    This was a mistake. Frank did a great job with Drummond, he brought him along slowly and built his confidence up. The team didn’t win many games, yes, but could you really expect them to after trading away your starting SF for Calderon? That move made no sense to me. I’m disappointed, but hopefully he’ll come back to the Celtics as assistant coach.

  • OneStep

    Look at their roster, look at the trades they made, look at the injuries to key players. What coach would get anything more out of a young inexperienced team with no stars like that? I don’t know what owners and GMs expect of coaches when they deal them a crappy hand. Frank’s a decent serviceable coach who deserved better than what he got from the Pistons.

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