HoopsHype Lawrence Frank rumors

December 4, 2013 Updates

It could have been the perfect marriage — the take-no-prisoners workaholic coach and the nutty owner who spares no expense when it comes to his basketball team but needs someone with the guts to say “back off.” “Say what you want about Jim Dolan but he’s one of about eight owners who is willing to spend money to compete for a championship,” said one current NBA head coach. “There are too many owners who are only in it to make money.” New York Daily News

December 3, 2013 Updates

“Lawrence has been reassigned to doing daily reports, and he won’t be sitting on the bench or at practice,” Kidd said before the Nets took on the Nuggets at Barclays Center. “There’s the change. It doesn’t change the coaching staff. Guys will still be there sitting on the bench. That’s that.” New York Post

Kidd said no one will replace Frank, and the remaining coaches – John Welch, Roy Rogers, Joe Prunty, Eric Hughes and Charles Klask – will remain in their current roles. New York Post

There had been conversations about moving forward together in recent weeks, league sources said, but the decision to let go of Frank was Kidd's choice. Kidd told reporters on Tuesday night that Frank – the highest-paid assistant in the NBA – had been reassigned to writing daily reports and would no longer be on the Nets bench. It is unclear if the Nets will actually require Frank to perform those duties to gather the rest of his $1 million annual coaching contract, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

A league source said Frank was assigning tasks to fellow assistants – something the head coach normally would do – and that did not sit well with members of Kidd’s staff. Another source said the relationship between the two had gotten to the point where Kidd felt he was being undermined by Frank with players and assistant coaches. New York Post

After Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd blistered top assistant Lawrence Frank in a staff meeting on Nov. 4, the partnership was irreparably damaged and ultimately spiraled to its end on Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Hours after a blowout loss to the Orlando Magic – Kidd's first game on the bench following a two-game suspension to start the season – the entire coaching staff witnessed Kidd lose his temper with Frank and escalate a strangely uneasy and brief coaching partnership together. Yahoo! Sports

Sarah Kustok: Jason Kidd has reassigned Lawrence Frank citing "different philosophies." Now doing daily reports..no longer on bench or at practices. #Nets Twitter @sarahkustok

Net Daily: The Frank deal was BY FAR the most lucrative in NBA history, adds league source. Kidd was instrumental in him getting it. Twitter @NetsDaily

November 21, 2013 Updates
November 19, 2013 Updates

A veteran scout, interviewed earlier in the day and speaking on the condition of anonymity, called Kidd’s bench comportment “terrible,” observing that the play-calling has fallen mostly to his top assistants, Lawrence Frank and John Welch. “He doesn’t do anything,” said the scout, who has watched the Nets several times. “He doesn’t make calls. John Welch does all the offense. Lawrence does all the defense. … I don’t know what Kidd does. I don’t think you can grade him and say he’s bad. You can give him an incomplete.” Bleacher Report

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