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Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

More than a week ago, word broke that the Pistons were set to hire former New Jersey head coach and current Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank as their new head coach. Things have dragged out a bit, but Friday Yahoo! Sports reports that everything is set in stone.

Frank has reached a three-year deal with the team holding an option for a fourth. There will be a news conference early next week. Frank has already reportedly started working on filling out his staff.

According to the report, Frank was "clearly Joe Dumars' choice to replace John Kuester" and there was no close second in the process. Other candidates were Mike Woodson, Patrick Ewing, Kelvin Sampson and Bill Laimbeer.

Is it a fit? Here's what Matt Moore wrote last week when news originally broke:
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.
Kuester lost his team mid-way through the season because he was a bit demanding. But that may have been because he never actually earned the respect of the team either. Frank will be hard on his young team, but as a former head coach and someone that's coached in The Finals and won a title on the bench in Boston, he understands the line you have to walk.

Or at least that's what Joe Dumars is banking on.
Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:52 am
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

First Mr Frank was not on bench with the Celtic 2008 title year. Second he took over Nets team put n place by Coach Scott,so now lets see what he does now . time will tell wat kind of coach he really can be n the NBA...



Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:39 am
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

Ha! And with the 9th pick in the 2012 draft, Detroit selects............



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:53 am
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

how the hell u only give my man L-Boogie 3 years, when they dont have diddly squat on the roster. That is weak and Dumars aint did nothing since accidentally assembling tht Pistons team...he is a bum...and LFrank know his bball is he a leader of elite alpha male men that is only part that remains 2 be seen....and u see doc chillin in the pic



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:46 am
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

Frank doesn't know diddly about coaching ! But Bo knows !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:44 am
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

Should've hired Zeke ! 



Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

DUMARS STILL IS A TOP GM. HE HAS WON A TITLE WHICH IS MORE THEN MOST CAN SAY. NO TEAM HAS ALL THEIR MOVES GO PICTURE PERFECT. THE THING WITH DUMARS IS HE WILL CUTS TIES QUICK. ITS WHAT U SHOULD DO. PLUS RECENTLEY HE HAS HAD HIS HANDS FULL WITH THE TEAM IN TRANSITION  OF OWNERS. ALSO REMEMBER MR DUMARS WAS A BRILLIANT PLAYER AND TURNED THE CULTURE  IN THE ORGANZATION AS HE BECAME THE GM . NOT ALL TEAMS GET TO HAVE A KOBE!



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Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:15 pm
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Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

Agreed TrickOheat.  2 years and done, pretty much the new Pistons style.  Joe Dumars used to be at the top of the NBA Executive ladder, but haven't seen a lot of moves from him that have panned out in years.  The Piston have fallen so hard, a Coach alone won't be enough.  especially a Coach with an NBA record no better than .500.  It's time to bite the bullet and bring in some younger players.  How many more sub .500 seasons can Detroit tolerate.



Since: Jul 21, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

not really a bad choice. i would of liked to think laimbeer had a chance but clearly he doesnt. when joe hired carlisle he got a coach like this guy. carlisle molded that championship team that larry brown got credit for. this new coach is a lot like carlisle. GOOD CHOICE.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons


According to the report, Frank was "clearly Joe Dumars' choice to replace John Kuester" and there was no close second in the process. Other candidates were Mike Woodson, Patrick Ewing, Kelvin Sampson and Bill Laimbeer.

Is it a fit? Here's what Matt Moore wrote last week when news originally broke:

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 -Vince Carter eara, Frank also continuously pulled more from the 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.

Kuester lost his team mid-way through the season because he was a bit demanding. But that may have been because he never actually earned the respect of the team either. Frank will be hard on his young team, but as a former head coach and someone that's coached in The Finals and won a title on the bench in Boston, he understands the line you have to walk.

Or at least that's what Joe Dumars is banking on.




Good choice. I expect now Ewing will whine he didn't get his shot. The fact is Frank forgot more about coaching, then that big doofus will ever know. Frank isn't the best, but he coaches defense and handles players well. He'll get Detroit to play hard and play defensive basketball. With their lack of scoring, they can still be decent if everyone buys in. Frank is good at getting them to buy in.

Woodson did ok in Atlanta, but that team never seemed to win when it mattered. Kelvin Sampson si a cheating college coach. He doesn't deserve a shot. He's lucky he's employed anywhere in basketball after what he did. Bill Laimbeer was probably the next best choice. He's a former Piston and was a member of the 2-time champions in the 90's. He also put in his dues coaching in the WNBA. Anyone willing to do that deseves to coach real basketball. My guess is he was the fan favorite.

Frank isn't going to win a title there. Odds are, he's a transitional coach. However, Detroit won't disgrace themselves and they'll play hard. Dumars needs that after the last few years where his teams have been impossible to watch.

Btw, Frank should hire Brian Shaw. Now, that guy got a raw deal in LA when they hired Brown. Shaw was a good player and has gotten a lot of respect from the players as an assistant. He may be able to work with the guards to get them to improve their game.



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