Pistons fire head coach Lawrence Frank after two seasons

By Royce Young | NBA writer

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The Pistons will not retain Lawrence Frank as head coach for next season, the team announced Thursday.

“We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,” said Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations. “Decisions like this are never easy, and we wish Lawrence well in the future.”

Frank, 42, joins Byron Scott and Doug Collins as head coaches who won't be back on the bench next season with their team.

In Frank's second season as Pistons coach, the team struggled to a 29-53 finish. Detroit's next coach will be its fifth in seven years. Frank followed John Kuester, Michael Curry and Flip Saunders.

In two seasons with the Pistons, Frank went 54-94 as head coach.

The Pistons have been in a perpetual rebuild since dismantling their championship teams earlier in the decade. There are quality young pieces there with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. But under new ownership, a more successful season was desired. Especially with fan support in Detroit suffering.

The Pistons haven't been to the playoffs since the 2007-08 season.

Previous to Detroit, Frank was the head coach of the Nets from 2003-2010, and an assistant with the Celtics.

Frank was scheduled to earn a reported $4 million next season, with the Pistons holding a $4 team million option for the 2014-15 season.

 
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