HoopsHype Lawrence Frank rumors


December 4, 2013 Updates

Multiple league sources told ESPN.com that there was "friction" and a difference of philosophies between Kidd and Frank since the start of the season. Sources say the relationship soured after assistant coach Joe Prunty was chosen as interim coach instead of Frank when Kidd served a two-game suspension to start the season. Two sources say Frank appeared to be hurt by the decision. ESPN.com

Multiple team sources also say Nets players side with Kidd, respect the first-year head coach and prefer to hear one voice. Kidd initially allowed Frank and assistant coach John Welch to handle the defensive and offensive duties. But Frank had the most head-coaching experience on the staff, and often his voice was the loudest at practices. Two sources say Nets players felt Frank was over-coaching earlier in the season. ESPN.com

In recent weeks, though, Frank has been less demonstrative on the bench than he was earlier in the season. Multiple sources said the organization tried to smooth things over in recent weeks with the concern that the coaching staff could be divided. But a breaking point was reached with the demotion as the resolution. ESPN.com

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

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