Lawrence Frank Rumors

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that the team has added Sam Cassell, Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson as assistant coaches to the staff of Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers. The trio joins current assistant coaches Armond Hill and Brendan O’Connor as well as assistant player skills coaches JP Clark and Dave Severns on the bench. “We have an impressive and experienced group of coaches who are excited to get to work,” Rivers said. “Mike and Lawrence have enjoyed tremendous success as head coaches and Sam is someone who I coached as a player and respected as an assistant with the Wizards. I am excited to continue to work with the entire staff as we prepare for the season.”
The Clippers are also close to finalizing their coaching staff. Former New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson joined Rivers’ coaching staff, which lost three assistant coaches this offseason, in July. He is expected to be joined by Sam Cassell, who was let out of his contract with the Washington Wizards last month, and Lawrence Frank, who is still under contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
This past season there were a few assistant coaches that were fired or demoted in the middle of the season – Lawrence Frank, Brian Scalabrine… As a high-profile assistant coach yourself, how do you navigate those waters between really saying and doing what you want to do without stepping on anybody else’s toes? Bill Bayno: Staff chemistry is so important. I’ve always said that if I, as an assistant, can’t get along with the other assistants, or can’t be able to agree to disagree, then I’m being disloyal to the head coach and the organization. I don’t know what happened over those places, but I think the biggest thing is that you can’t have an ego. It has to be about the team.
With Gentry leaving, and with Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman becoming the team’s vice president of basketball operations, Coach Doc Rivers has two position to fill on his bench. Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank and former New York Knicks Coach Mike Woodson are being considered for the Clippers’ openings. But it looks doubtful that Frank will join the Clippers because he’s still earning $1 million per season over the next five years from the Nets.
Rivers now has two assistant coach openings on his staff after Gentry’s departure and Kevin Eastman’s promotion to the Clippers’ front office. The Clippers are considering hiring former NBA head coaches Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank, who coached under Rivers with the Boston Celtics, for their openings, a source said. Rivers was supportive of Gentry’s decision to go to Golden State, sources said.
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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.”
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”