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Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

Posted on: November 29, 2009 10:04 am
Edited on: November 30, 2009 12:01 am
 
The Nets spared Lawrence Frank the embarrassment of tying the NBA record for the longest losing streak to start a season, but that didn't change anything for the players he used to coach. The Nets fell to 0-17 Sunday night under interim coach Tom Barrise, losing to the defending champion Lakers 106-87.

Barrise, a 13-year veteran of the staff, coached what could be his only game pending team president Rod Thorn's decision on who will be handed the reins for the rest of the season. Within the organization, Thorn is considering Barrise, assistant coach John Loyer, added to the staff in September after Brian Hill left for the Pistons, and assistant GM Kiki Vandeweghe. According to a source, Thorn also has interviewed at least one person outside the organization. But with the team mired in an epic crisis, and with the proposed sale of the team to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov to be decided by the end of the calendar year, it is clear to all candidates that this is an interim situation only. The Nets' brass will hunker down in day-long organizational meetings Monday, and a source said Frank's replacement will be installed in time for the team's next practice on Tuesday.

With their 0-17 start, the Nets tied the record for the worst start in NBA history, also achieved by the 1988 expansion Heat and 1999 Clippers. According to Yahoo! Sports, the team had been planning to let Frank go after the West Coast trip ended -- using the two practice days prior to Wednesday night's home game against Dallas to install the new coach. But Thorn, who has supported Frank through tough times before and respects him, decided Sunday to spare his coach the indignity of walking straight from the sidelines to the plank. Frank, who started his head coaching career in New Jersey with an NBA record 13 straight victories in 2004, ended it with 16 straight losses.

It became clear on a recent stretch culminating in a 99-85 loss at Milwaukee that Frank had lost his command of the locker room. Still, Thorn had wanted to give Frank a chance to save his job once several key injured players returned. Although New Jersey's bench remains decimated by injuries, the recent return of Devin Harris and Courtney Lee has not improved the team's performance. 

Appointing Vandeweghe, who has no head coaching experience, to replace Frank would mimic the recent bumbling of another frugal organization, the New Orleans Hornets, who fired former Nets coach Byron Scott and replaced him with GM Jeff Bower. Due to cost-cutting moves, neither team had an obvious interim candidate on the bench, and the idea of getting two jobs for the price of one appeals to the bean-counters in a way that has rattled front-office assistants on financially strapped teams league-wide. Vandeweghe makes at least $1 million as Thorn's right-hand man and has little leverage to object to such a move.

Vandeweghe, who has reportedly been less supportive of Frank than the ultra-loyal Thorn, was analyzing the team's personnel and formulating his potential coaching strategy during the Nets' West Coast trip. Before the team left on the trip, Vandeweghe lingered in the locker room long after a 98-91 loss to the Knicks on Nov. 21, speaking privately with Harris and other key players. He is said to be prepared to accept the interim post if asked.

Loyer is a new wrinkle in the Nets' coaching picture. He spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the 76ers, and prior to that worked his way up the ranks with the Trail Blazers for five seasons as a video coordinator, advance scout, and assistant coach. Conspiracy theorists will be pleased to point out a vague connection Loyer has to potential 2010 free agent LeBron James; Loyer attended the University of Akron in James' hometown.


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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2009 10:20 pm
 

Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

the nets need to stop experimenting with point dexters as head coaches, they need a a young, dynamic, african-american ex-player that can relate to the players, that can attract free agents, and a guy that promotes an uptempo offense and ball-hawking defense, the nets need to stop the yi experiementing, asian basketball fans are intelligent enough to know that yi isn't the same calibure as yao and you can't fool them into buying more ticket s.The Nets just hired Vandeweghe. How many times can you be proven wrong in one week? The "playmaker" got played out yet again.




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 10:18 pm
 

Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

Vandeweghe might still be named coach. The Nets haven't officially named a coach to finish the season.

Brazzer videos? That's a comeback? Geez, I take back the racist remarks. You're not racist, but rather just ignorant. Are you 13?



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 8:55 pm
 

Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

Does any of this matter in the fixed NBA...The referees are back to work because David Stern said it was ok to fix a game here and there so the refs could feed their family, but just not to make it too obvious...The Nets will soon be 20 pt underdogs in a game and the refs will bet their retirement on the Nets...The other team will have a huge foul shot discrepancy and many offensive turnovers....The NBA is too hard to watch anymore, it cant be taken sriously when there is only 5 or 6 teams that can win...



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 7:50 pm
 

Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

equally pitiful Rod ThornKing, Thorn did lead them to 2 Easterm Conference titles, didn't he? Ownership gutted this franchise to move them to a dying city. Good luck getting a fan base in Knicks country once they sign James or another top free-agent. They have Walsh , D'Antoni, MSG and a plan. The Nets have no coach and a new arena (maybe) in a decaying borough.

Btw, are we getting together to play hoops this year?(see my profile)



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 7:46 pm
 

Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

Don Nelson's resume is loaded. Lookat his winning percentage and his uptempo style. Like Sloan, all that is missing is a title.


SailorRipley
Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 5:55 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 5:35 pm
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Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Nets fire Frank (UPDATE)

Racist and idiotic. The NBA is a racist leauge. If half of the stuff that goes on in the Thug NBA went on in any other sport there would be hell to pay...... Frank was a decent coach who gave everything he had to this sorry franchise. I wish him well.



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Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 2:42 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 2:31 pm
 

Report: Nets to fire Frank (UPDATE)

I agree with you on the ignorant post, but Don Nelson a good coach?


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