Tag:Lawrence Frank
Posted on: May 17, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Report: Rockets interview Lawrence Frank again

The Houston Rockets interviewed Lawrence Frank for their coaching position for the second time and Brian Shaw is no longer a candidate. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Are the Houston Rockets moving towards naming their next head coach? 

MyFoxHouston.com reports that the Rockets, who have been without a coach for a month now after parting ways with Rick Adelman, had a second interview with Lawrence Frank, one of three finalists, on Monday.
NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was in Houston Monday for a second round of interviews with Rockets officials as the team searches for a new head coach.

He is one of three finalists to become the Rockets next head coach. The other two are Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey and former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kevin McHale.
Meanwhile, the Orange County Register reports that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is officially out of the running, confirming that the Rockets are interested only in previous head coaches. 
That's why Shaw won't be going to the Houston Rockets, who were granted permission by the Lakers to pursue Shaw to be their head coach. Shaw has pulled out of that job search upon determining the Rockets preferred someone who has been a head coach. Shaw didn't want to stay in it if he wasn't likely to win it; he certainly doesn't need any more practice interviewing for top jobs. 
Frank makes a compelling base. Aside from having head coaching experience with the New Jersey Nets, he helped lead the Boston Celtics to the No. 2 defense in the NBA despite the departure of Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. If he was granted a second interview, though, the other finalists will likely be given the same treatment.

Casey's Mavericks begin the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: April 29, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Warriors short list: looking for a powerless hand

Warriors short list includes several former head coaches, but seeks to give them "minimal input" over personnel decisions. Huh?
Posted by Matt Moore

With Keith Smart ousted in Golden State, the search naturally begins for his replacement. The next coach will be inheriting a roster built for speed, with defensive liabilities at multiple positions and a lot of guys that like to shoot... well, a lot. So who's on the early short list? From the Contra-Costa Times' Marcus Thompson.
Riley said the Warriors havent contacted anyone yet and dont have a timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldnt hurt to have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23.

He declined to reveal whom the Warriors have on their shortlist, but multiple sources -- from the team and in NBA circles -- said they believe former Cleveland coach Mike Brown and assistant coaches Dwane Casey of Dallas, Mike Budenholzer of San Antonio and Lawrence Frank of Boston are on that list. Casey and Frank are also former NBA head coaches.

One team source said the Warriors have an eye on former Utah coach Jerry Sloan. But thats considered a long shot, as the legendary coach isnt expected to come out of retirement for a rebuilding franchise.
via Head coach Keith Smart is one and done with Golden State Warriors - ContraCostaTimes.com.

Those are all pretty standard choices, and the move towards a more grounded, defensive-centric coach is evident. Frank was brought in to replace Tom Thibodeau in Boston, Brown is known most notably for his defensive work. Perhaps most interesting, though, is this snippet from Kawakami later: 

Riley suggested that a new coach will have only minimal input over player personnel. He will be expected to significantly improve the defense and get into the 2012 playoffs.

 Riley has been the one splitting responsibilities with Don Nelson, and handed a new contract to David Lee. So for this to be a move towards more autonomy in decision making smells like a power grab in a vaccuum. Furthermore, how does that mesh with the pursuit of veteran coaches, most of whom are going to want significant influence over personnel? You can't hire a defensive coach, give him a bunch of defensive-liability offense-centric players and say "Go get 'em!" There's got to be some level of balance going forward. 
Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:13 am
 

Celtics assistant Frank a Tennessee candidate?

Lawrence Frank the "front-runner" for the Tennessee Volunteers coaching position. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank is the "front-runner" to replace Bruce Pearl as head coach att Tennessee, according to Hoopsworld, Yahoo! and SI as of Wednesday morning. Frank has been working in Tom Thibodeau's old role as defensive specialist assistant for the Celtics and has relevant NBA head coaching experience. 

But with Doc Rivers constantly rumored to potentially retire at the end of the season, the question for Frank has to be whether or not he has a shot at the Celtics' head gig. According to SI, Danny Ainge prefers someone with playing experience.  Frank could also wait and would be a likely candidate for multple available NBA gigs considering his past success. 

One complication is that Frank is unlikely to leave before this season is through, which for the Celtics could be all the way into June. That's a pretty late start for a college team, especially one looking to put recruiting violations and the Bruce Pearl era behind it. 
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:04 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Standout sophs deal with injuries, adjustments

The top three candidates for the NBA's 2010 Rookie of the Year have all struggled with injuries and adjustments in their second season. Posted by Ben Golliver. 
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LOS ANGELES – Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry all enjoyed charmed rookie seasons, each providing highlight-reel material and consistent production to make a competitive run at last season’s Rookie of the Year honor. The second time through the NBA's season-long obstacle course hasn't been smooth sailing for any of them, however. Evans has been limited by plantar fasciitis, Jennings had surgery on his foot and Curry has battled persistent and painful ankle problems.

"A lot of guys have had a lot of injuries," Evans said after the Sophomore team's morning practice on Friday, in advance of Friday night's Rookie/Sophomore challenge. "Hopefully we'll get them out of the way now, be ready for next year."

Evans' foot pain is forcing him to miss the Rookie/Sophomore challenge. "I know it ain't 100 percent, it's hurting me kinda bad, so I want to see the doctor and see what he says," Evans said. Similarly, Jennings was scheduled to compete in the Slam Dunk contest but pulled out to avoid putting any unnecessary wear on his healing foot.

The injuries have been just the beginning of the challenges facing this year's sophomores. All three have watched their teams struggle to below .500 records at the break and all three have had to deal with defenses that are more focused on stopping them individually and roughing them up.

"It's totally different than your first year," Jennings said. "[During your rookie year], a lot of coaches don't know you, they don't know your game. Everything is totally different. It's an adjustment you have to make. [This year,] they play me tougher, they're showing on the pick and rolls, they're more physical, they force me to my right more."

Confronting new and improved defensive schemes, while also working his way back into form, is doubly challenging. "The injury has been a mental thing, I've got to put it back together, get back to a winning mentality."

The mental adjustments have been a focus for Curry as well. "It's more of a cerebral game this year," Curry said. "You have to sit back and prepare and approach it a different way."

His biggest adjustment has been getting comfortable with a new-look Warriors lineup that includes forward David Lee and big man Ekpe Udoh. "It's just about seeing the floor and managing the game better. I had new teammates that had to get to know and learn, and where they wanted the ball, how to play with them. As a point guard, that's your first job, to get everybody involved in the game. That's something that I've really had to study film, study the flow of the game, make sure we're getting the shot that we want."

Curry noted that, despite the injuries, he's more accustomed to the physical pounding the second time around. "Last year was worse. Coming in, most of the initial attacks from the opponents were taking me or Monta [Ellis] into the post to try to exploit that. We hold our own now, we don't really give up too much space and ground in that situation."

The Sophomore team's coach, Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, called the trio's struggles with injuries "purely coincidental" and said things could be a lot worse. "The summer between your first and second year as an NBA player is your hardest summer, that's a dangerous summer, especially if you've had success your first year. You feel a little puffy about yourself. You feel like you've arrived. But you realize, now you're on everyone's radar. They're gunning for you. They're coming after you."

Frank's message to Evans, Jennings, Curry and the sophomore group: this is just another step on a path of continual improvement and the target on their backs is only going to get bigger. "You've got to get better. If you stay the same, you've gotten worse."


 
 
 
 
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