HoopsHype Lawrence Frank rumors


June 4, 2014 Updates
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Frank, a former Nets head coach, was signed to a four-year, $5.3 million contract to mentor Kidd, but there was quickly friction, and, with the Nets reeling at 5-12 and players taking sides in the dispute, King said he exiled Frank to back Kidd and calm the locker room. "In order for [Jason] to be successful, I had to make a decision, so I said, 'Let's reassign him,' " King said during an interview with NBA TV. "He does his report -- I got it this morning -- and he's helping from afar. But I believe in Jason and so to give him the ability to be successful, we had to make that decision." Newark Star-Ledger

April 24, 2014 Updates

King described his thinking on the "reassignment" of Lawrence Frank, saying first priority was to make Kidd successful. "I had to make a decision, so I said, 'let's reassign him.' He does his report -- I got it this morning -- and he's helping from afar. But I believe in Jason and to give him the ability to be successful, I knew I had to make that decision." NetsDaily

March 5, 2014 Updates

But in an interview on the Michael Kay Show, centered on the Nets coaching situation, Mike Fratello says don't dismiss Frank's daily reports as a joke. No surprise, he says, Frank is taking the job seriously. Lawrence Frank is not taking his position, from I gather, what I've heard lightly. That's not who he's about. He treats it with a great amount of respect. He knows what his responsibilities are, what his duties are and he sends in IN-DEPTH reports, whether they be pre-game reports going into the game or the post-game write-ups after the game. Maybe we should look it that he's done a pretty good job. It's a team thing. Maybe the part that he's been doing is very good. Whatever happened with Lawrence, Lawrence is still a contributor. He's just not there on the bench every night. NetsDaily

January 21, 2014 Updates

King said he has seen Kidd grow as the first-year coach altered the team's offensive and defensive schemes. During an interview on ESPN New York 98.7, King was asked how Kidd has changed since the demotion of Lawrence Frank. "I think Jason is really coming into his own and is getting a feel for it," King said on The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show. "It's just not the fact that Lawrence is not there. I think just Jason has a better understanding of managing the game, managing the team. He's the one voice right now." ESPN.com

January 9, 2014 Updates

While four games is small sample size, the Nets have been more efficient on both ends of the floor — 10 points better per 100 possessions than their overall season numbers. Garnett is starting to find his place in the offense, Teletovic is shooting 46.9% on threes since Dec. 25 and Johnson's rough patch of five consecutive games in single digits appears over after consecutive games of 23 and 27 points. After a difficult start, which included injuries and poor play combined with a new players learning how play together and the Lawrence Frank debacle, the Nets have made small strides. Four games ago, the Nets were headed in a bad direction. They way they were playing, 10-25 was a more realistic possibility than 14-21. USA Today Sports

January 8, 2014 Updates

But in listening to the Warriors coach staunchly defend Jason Kidd's rookie trials and tribulations, he left little doubt on the role of a background singer compared to the lead who's on stage with the booming voice and holding the mic. Quick, someone cue up a Gladys Knight & the Pips track. "Everybody has to know who's in charge, and that's the head coach," Jackson said last night before the Nets took on Golden State. "He's the guy calling the shots. I've never seen anyone of the Pips try to lead. That's Gladys' role. Let Gladys be Gladys." Newsday

The two have been in contact throughout Kidd's rookie campaign, and Jackson seemed a bit perturbed with how things were portrayed once Kidd "reassigned" top assistant Lawrence Frank strictly to writing daily reports last month because of philosophical differences. "To me, I think too much was made of it," Jackson said. "I think it's clownish. There's no difference of opinions with my staff and I. We give suggestions, some I go with, some I don't. But at the end of the day, it's my decision, and we are united in whichever way we decide to go. If you have a problem with that, then you should not be my assistant coach. " . . . So, I'm just disappointed in the way it was handled, and how much credit is given to a head coach and how much fault is given. Newsday

December 29, 2013 Updates
December 28, 2013 Updates

It certainly has been a tumultuous opening two months of the season for the Nets, even beyond the disastrous 9-19 start for a team that had been tied with the Knicks for 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Last month, there was Kidd’s decision to reassign assistant coach Lawrence Frank. That came just weeks into the first year of six-year deal that was set to pay him a total of $6 million, after Kidd spent the first few days following his hiring this summer pushing Frank to join his staff. Kidd also confirmed to The Post he has had assistant coach Charles Klask — an assistant under Frank the last two seasons in Detroit — swap roles with advance scout Jim Sann, who was an assistant with the Nets under Frank during Kidd’s playing days with the franchise. New York Post

December 27, 2013 Updates

When Deron Williams returned to the lineup, pushing the Brooklyn Nets to four victories in five games, the players publicly marched with the coach on his self-indulged explanation for the sudden success: Lawrence Frank was gone, and Jason Kidd's refurbished defense had been an immense difference. Privately, the Nets understood this idea was complete garbage. The defense hadn't changed much, except it was funny how much better it looked when the franchise star returned and the ball began to go into the basket. Simplified defense, Kidd pushed. One voice. If the coach said so, sure, the players responded to reporters. Whatever. Yahoo! Sports

December 17, 2013 Updates

“Lawrence was always kind of the defensive guy, so he was talking on defense and he was definitely long-winded when it came to teaching, so I definitely think it’s helped,’’ Deron Williams said. “We’re a veteran group, we get things pretty easily. So at times when you’re just talking and we’re not practicing, it gets a little lengthy. But I think J-Kidd does a good job of getting his points across quick and easy and then we move on.’’ New York Post

December 13, 2013 Updates
December 12, 2013 Updates

Your trusted friend and first assistant coach -- whose head-coaching career you essentially jump-started and whose unprecedented six-year, $6 million contract was all your doing -- started undermining you within weeks, according to sources. It was so bad that sources say you wanted to get rid of him before Game 1. Other sources say Lawrence Frank was merely doing what you hired him to do: be the de facto head coach. ESPN.com

December 11, 2013 Updates

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