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Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:18 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 5:36 pm
 
By Matt Moore

Update 5:35 p.m.: The Detroit News reports that it is a "done deal" and Frank will accept to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons


Yahoo! Sports reports that the Detroit Pistons have decided on Lawrence Frank as their next head coach, and a formal offer is expected within the next 24 hours. 

Frank most recently worked as the defensive assistant replacement for Tom Thibodeau in Boston, after several years as head coach of the New Jersey Nets. Frank has interviewed for nearly a half-dozen head coaching positions over the past two years, is well thought of by both players and coaches, and brings a defensive mindset all organizations value.

The Pistons need a coach who comes in with built-in respect and having had success as a players' coach. Frank definitely fits that description, and despite the sometimes unhappy locker room in New Jersey at the end of the Jason Kidd-Vince Carter eara, Frank also continuously pulled more from the Nets than people expected, right up until the wheels came flying off in 2009. With Detroit, Frank's first order of business will be to... well, assemble a staff and then redecorate his office or something, considering he can't do anything until the lockout's lifted. Once that's over, Frank will need to work to figure out which of the veterans are salvageable from a chemistry aspect and which of them need to go immediately. The Pistons need a youth movement, but more than that, they don't need any more hijinx from the veterans like last year. The players got what they wanted, Kuester's gone. 

Now the question will be whether Frank's tough, acerbic style manages to get a hold on the situation in Detroit without a full-scale clean sweep.
Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Not much else available. Woodson has a tendency to get swept out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion....
...Laimbeer would inflame the players
....Isiah? come on....

At least we have a guy who turned around a slumping Nets team a few years back. He knows what chaos feels like......



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Not much else available. Woodson has a tendency to get swept out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion....
...Laimbeer would inflame the players
....Isiah? come on....

At least we have a guy who turned around a slumping Nets team a few years back. He knows what chaos feels like......



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Not much else available. Woodson has a tendency to get swept out of the playoffs in embarrassing fashion....
...Laimbeer would inflame the players
....Isiah? come on....

At least we have a guy who turned around a slumping Nets team a few years back. He knows what chaos feels like......



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Laimbeer has not proven that he can win anything. The WNBA is a whole different story than the NBA. Name anyone who has actually coached successfully in both leagues.......yep, you can't because there isn't anyone. Nobody else in the league has even given Laimbeer a sniff so there is really no reason that Detroit should either. I definitely see why bringing in a new face would be a good plan, but Laimbeer certainly doesn't seem to be the right fit. 



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:09 am
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Joe wanted Woodson and the owner wanted Frank. The owner won not surprised




Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2011 8:48 am
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Take it easy Pistons fans, given the current state of the team, and the revolving door of coaches we have had, Frank will be gone in two years maximum, then hopefully they have done something about the roster for the next hire.

Just sit back and watch the train wreck and hope to win the lottery in 2012/2013.............it's our only shot.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:33 am
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

I'm still not sure why Joe Dumars refuses to hire Bill Laimbeer as the head coach.  Laimbeer has proven he can win as a player and as a coach, has the respect of everyone in Detroit, and from all reports, would love to be the Pistons coach.  I don't get bringing in some retread who brings very little to the table.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Frank hasn't proven anything. Most his Nets Players hated him. 



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Are there any Nets fans out there that can offer us some advice in our time of grieving (a.k.a. hiring Frank)?



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

It was a real good hire....a proven coach that won games even with a dysfuntional team.  Good job Detroit!!!


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