NBA Roundtable

Nets Fire Frank

In Coaches Corner on November 30, 2009 at 4:32 am

RealGM has the press release

The New Jersey Nets have relieved Head Coach Lawrence Frank of his coaching duties effective immediately, Nets President Rod Thorn announced Sunday.Nets assistant coach Tom Barrise will assume the head coaching responsibilities for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

A permanent replacement for Coach Frank has not been determined.

“I want to thank Lawrence for his more than a decade of service to the Nets, first as an assistant coach and then as the head coach for the past six and a half seasons. Lawrence always approached every day with a passion for his craft that was infectious, and his dedication to the game as well as his work ethic are to be both admired and appreciated. I wish he and his family only the best of good fortune in the future,” the team said in a statement.

Frank compiled a career coaching record of 225-241, and led the team to the postseason in four consecutive years (2004-2007) with a playoff record of 18-20.

Frank leaves the Nets as the franchise’s all-time NBA leader in coaching victories with 225.

Thoughts

Not the biggest fan of Coach Lawrence Frank … an excellent details man (in-game coaching) but I always thought his teams were lacking in the larger sense (identity wise, style of play).

This Season + The Firing

The Nets are off to a horrific start but whenever I’ve tuned into one of their games I see a lot of effort + solid team play. Not the things you see when a team has tuned out their coach.

If the Nets had of just showed some real patience (one month into the season for crying out loud) they would have come out on the other side. The team was still fighting and they were starting to get healthy. There was an upturn on the horizon. And, I think the squad would have been stronger for it too.

There is a decent amount of talent in that team. They’re capable of winning 25-32 games. They would have picked it up once they’d gotten healthy + gotten a couple of wins under their belt.

Overall

I don’t like the Nets choice to fire Lawrence Frank mid-season and particularly not this early in the season (one month).

In the long term, I don’t really mind that they let the man go. I just wish it was done in the offseason.

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