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Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 10:10 am  |  21 responses

Lawrence Frank Upset at Criticism of Losing Coaches


The Detroit Pistons (26-52) are a young, bad team. With his job possibly in danger this summer, head coach Lawrence Frank told the media that he’s upset with the way coaches often get blamed (and canned) when their teams are awful. Per the Detroit News: “I will admit it, it (ticks) me off sometimes,’ Frank said of the criticism his colleagues have been receiving this season. Byron Scott, whose Cavaliers host the Pistons tonight, is under intense pressure. John Beilein is being scrutinized for decisions he made in Michigan’s 82-76 loss to Louisville in the NCAA championship. Frank himself is on the hot seat, and there is speculation he might lose his job. Frank was animated and slapped his hands as he spoke to the media Tuesday. He stood inside the Pistons practice facility, pointing at three championship banners won by the Pistons in 1989, 1990 and 2004. ‘Everybody shares responsibility when those banners are hung,’ Frank said. ‘We as coaches know if you don’t get it done, then you are fired.’ Frank is 275-332 as a coach, but 139-207 his last five seasons and has missed the playoffs each year. He is 51-93 with the Pistons in two seasons. As for Scott, he was viewed as one of the bright young minds in the NBA, but is 64-160 in three seasons with the Cavaliers. ‘It is all about what your ownership is about,’ Frank said. ‘Everyone knows where your team is at. The key is are you committed? Do you believe in the plan because it might not come in the results? It is about the process. When you lose with young guys and the other guys are not rotation guys in your rotation, when you lose with these guys, you know you are going to lose.’”

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  • danpowers

    good guy in an ungreatful job.

  • pposse

    “its all about what your ownership is about” – is he calling out his bosses with that statement? If so, what a sure way to get yourself fired!! he just voiced the epitome of a stupid comment.

  • spit hot fiyah

    players take som blame too frank. if they don’t get the job done they can get cut or traded

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha its true tho

  • shockexchange

    So Frank really must have felt badly when he replaced Byron Scott in New Jersey after Jason Kidd knifed Scott in the back … and Scott was highly successful with the Nets.

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

    Highly successfully until the finals roled around and adjustment needed to be made. But by then his arms wouldn’t unfold and his mustache got stuck in his mouth.

  • http://twitter.com/_brandonallen Brandon Allen

    Jon Beilien definitely caught Spike fever during that game and got out coached tho…

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, as if there was an “adjustment” for Shaq in his prime. You’re the best Dutch Rich.

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

    There was another finals opponent as well. So Scott had 2 tries to make adjustments to an out of conference foe. Pistons shortly after had little trouble with this prime Shaq you mentioned. Truth is Kidd led them to the promised land twice and if it wasnt for those 2 seasons Scott’s coaching record would be meaningless. Sorry Coach Shock!!

  • shockexchange

    Dutch Rich, a lil “revisionist history” there huh? When Scott was with NJ the Eastern Conference compared to the Western Conference was like the “JV v. Varsity.” The Nets lost not because they got outcoached, but because their opponents had more talent. The fact is the Nets were nothing before Scott got there and were nothing after he left. A coach getting replaced for an obscure assistant coach after leading his team to 2 finals and 3 Eastern Conference Finals is unheard of. The Shock Exchange wonders why the media isn’t as outraged as he is … as the theme from “Jeopardy” plays ad in finitum …

  • LP

    I thought he made the right decision by letting Burke sit with 2 fouls. They were up 12 up until the last few minutes of the first half….2 of Burke’s 4 total fouls were ticky Tack, so no doubt had he played more in the 1st half, he probably picks up his 3rd foul….

    He screwed up that foul situation, but thats more on the assistant coaches…My old assistant coaches used to keep track of ALL player fouls and monitor the TEAM foul situation….I blame them, thats what they are there for….

  • Joker

    Frank please, you did nothing in two years, bad young players? I believe the bad one are the rest including the coach, I will keep BK,Monroe, Drummond and Calderon and trade the rest and expend money in good players! Come on pIstons! You should be I the top 16

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

    Listen, I like Byron. and as a Nets fan I’ve pondered about the decision that got him replaced by an unproven assistant a lot. But remember, there were so many elements at play at the time. Kidd being courted by the Spurs, the team up for sale and the team clearly not performing to previous levels. Kidd made the decision, according to him a family one, to stay in the swamp. Rod Thorn had to shake things up and moved the coach who had been very gratefull for the oppportunity and the success he achieved. But why hasn’t he been able to replicate that success since. He has and is currently coaching 1 sure and 3 possible Hall of Fame guards. My point is this. IMO It was Thorn that masterminded that team with Kidd at the helm. And Kidd was on a mission to take that ragtag
    group to great heights because he had some things to prove to his critics. Byron displayed a little too much confidence in the team achievements and got exposed 2 years in a row. You’re stabbed in the back claim is based on media rumors and sensationalism, and 10 yrs down the line the proof is in the pudding as to who the game changer really is. He’s doing it again as we speak.

  • shockexchange

    That Nets team won because of Scott, but like every other team in the East at that time, did not have the talent to compete against the Western Conference’s elite. Since leaving NJ Byron has only had the opportunity to coach teams that simply could not compete – New Orleans and Cleveland. There’s a pink elephant in the room here. It’s clear why Byron Scott was discarded for a “glorified HS gym teacher” and since been used as a “3-4 year placeholder” for teams in the cellar.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Lawrence Frank is not a good coach

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

    Well I disagree there.
    Yes since the millenium started the West has had a dramatic edge. Surely because of Pop and Phil. But right after those 2 Nets failures the Piston practically swept (Detroit should have won game 2 that went to OT) LA, and they possibly could have beaten the Spurs the following year if it wasn’t for home court advantage. Now this was great coaching by the one who’s name we don’t mention anymore.
    The Nets phenomenon can be described as follows. Kerry Kittles was basically Showtime Byron Scott. Jason Kidd, Kittles, K-Mart and RJ where running everyone out the building until the finals when the game slowed down. When the game slowed down in the finals, Scott got his a$$ handed to him. They had enough bigs to manage a hack a Shaq or Duncan (who was abysmal from the stripe that yr) situation and enough athleticism to create fouls against those front courts. But Scott has never showed any testicle fortitude along the sideline. Not then not now. When Kittles left in 2004 and the Nets start playing a slower game the whole thing falls apart. Scott now has a rep for being a great pointguard coach which is based on the Kidd yrs and complete bogus if you ask me. It’s hands-off not great in-game coaching. And that’s why the media doesn’t probe or Byron complains. One last observation is that his demeanor also completely changed since those Nets years. He’s been very fortunate to say the least, no need for outrage.

  • http://twitter.com/_brandonallen Brandon Allen

    I’m just mad that he left Spike in for the first 14 minutes of the second half which allowed Siva to start getting to the basket. Tim Hardaways length was disruptive on their small guards and he’s playing him at the 3. Also..why not play Horford with McGary..or #52…your getting killed by Behanan on the boards….Two big men could help secure those boards…

  • shockexchange

    You keep confusing “cause and effect.” Just because Detroit beat an old L.A. team with an “unfocused Shaq” is not a negative for Scott. Anyway, there’s only so much more of this back talk the Shock Exchange is going to tolerate.

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

    go ahead with your bad self

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  • shockexchange

    LOL.

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