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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.


Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 2:22 pm

Report: Nets to fire Frank (UPDATE)

The best answer is to bring back the guy that should have never been fired from NJ in the first place. Byron Scott....

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2009 1:42 pm

Report: Nets to 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.

Now that's a racist post. I guess coaches like Phil Jackson, Mike D'Antoni, Greg Popovich, Rick Carlisle, George Karl, Don Nelson and Jerry Sloan can't coach, nor relate to players. Unreal.

I also like your depiction of Asian fans. Yi is averaging nearly 10 points and 8 rebounds a game. He's hardly a stiff. I guess Asians only like Asian players, right? maybe they have Asian players, because in China they like basketball. Is that too hard for you to comprehend, or must it be about rooting for the color of one's skin, not the color of one's jersey?

The Nets will replace Frank with Kiki Vandeweghe. He's an ex-player and knows the game. My guess is Kiki will change the offense and make it more uptempo. He won't win with this group because they don't have the talent and they're abandoning the state. Why should any NJ fan show up knowing they're moving to Brooklyn? I mean who would pay to see this team or give a penny to this joke of a franchise? They make Dolan look competent.

Frank is a decent coach. Race plays no factor. Knowledge of the game, communication, discipline and winning matter.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 1:28 pm

Berger still wont admit he's wrong about Hornets

You can't compare the Nets situation to the Hornets.  Stop questioning the Hornets' decision  until you see what happens.  The Hornets have had the toughest schedule in the league to this point, they're playing without their star PG Chris Paul, and yet they've won 4 of 5, including knocking off two conference leaders in the Suns and Hawks.  Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton are proving that GM turned head coach Jeff Bower knew what he was doing when he drafted them.  The new offense spreads the floor, giving players like Peja Stojakovic and James Posey open looks.  Their rebounding, especially on the offensive glass has been superb.  Just maybe, the Hornets made the right decision when they made the move.  People seem to forget, the core of the Hornets is essentially the same as it was when they won 56 games two seasons ago.  They have upgraded the C position with Emeka Okafor, who actually has an offensive game, unlike Tyson Chandler.  Their bench is also much stronger with the addition of Collison, Thornton, Songaila and Posey.
      Mr. Berger, its time to admit you were wrong!

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:55 pm

Nets are a JOKE

I live in NJ and still I could never stand to watch them.  Why?  They never do anything they should do to become a good franchise.  Here is a laundry list as to why people in NJ route for the equally as pitiful Knicks rather than the Nets...
  1. They play at the Izod Center at the Meadowlands, which is a dump and a total pain in the a$$ to get to.  This includes the joke of paying $20 just to park after you sit in traffic.
  2. The place is empty.  Probably for multiple reasons (see following listed)
  3. Their tickets are way overpriced for a team who never wins. 
  4. They have no marquee players on their team, recently allowing guys like Kidd, Jefferson, Vince Carter, to go for little to nothing (I still think Devin Harris is overrated and injury prone)... as well as greats such as Buck Williams and Dr. J! 
  5. They are moving to Brooklyn which is a total joke since they will still stink there, the Brooklyn fan base will still be Knicks fans, the place will be empty also which means yet again no marquee players.  This, with a gem of an arena in Newark (Prudential Center) which actually would draw due to its convenience of travel and local fanbase.
  6. Dennis Hopson over Pippen and Reggie Miller... this says it all!
Lawrence Frank is a pretty decent coach, and when he had some talent on the team, brought them to the playoffs in his first couple of years.  Again, the hammer falls on the coach when it should be the horrendous owner (Kushner) and equally pitiful Rod Thorn.  Good riddance to this team when it moves in 2010... or 11... or 12... who knows, this organization never gets ANYTHING right.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:14 pm

Report: Nets to fire Frank (UPDATE)

I know the Nets are 0-16, but it isn't Lawrence Frank's fault.  If they get a new coach this team will still continue to lose games.  Lopez, CDR, and Devin Harris are the only bright sides to this franchise.  Frank had nothing to work with.  He has a horrible GM who should go play in traffic.  I'm not even a Nets fan, I'm a Knicks fan and we are in the same position.  D'Antoni is a great coach but he doesn't have Nash and Stoudamire to work with like he does in New York.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 12:12 pm
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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2009 11:00 am

Report: Nets to fire Frank (UPDATE)

that outta do it, When all else fails..fired the coach! Im not a Nets but its pretty clear he has absolutely nothing to work with. Sure Harris a very good player, Lopez and Roberts are talented enough to play at the NBA level but what else do they have? Nets are a joke of a franchise..Bring back Gminski, Buck Williams, and Otis Birdsong!

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2009 10:36 am

Gotta happen, but not a good sign

John Wooden wasn't going to squeeze more than a couple wins from this crew, but he's gotta go.  Sad, though, when another good, X's and O's guy gets canned.  Charisma seems to be the only criterion to be a head NBA coach now.

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