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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: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

It was a stupid hire!! DISLIKE!!




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Great hire. If you saw what he did with the Nets--I'll take him. They hired someone w/ a good resume & someone who will be there a while. Now they should get rid of Joe D--awesome player & initially a great GM who now does not seem to know how to put together a team.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Yeah, gotta agree with you's guys. I really wanted to see Laimbeer get a chance. He is no nonsense and defense oriented. Maybe he and Joe never got along when they was bad boys. Who knows. Opie Taylor, thats funny!



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Sounds like Gores got his way. Joe D. is no longer in charge, which may be a good thing.



Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

I wanted Lambeer as head coach, this is bullshit they hired Opie Taylor!!



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Report: Pistons to hire Frank as head coach

Horrible Horrible News. They better bring in Laimbeer as one of the coaches.



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