HoopsHype Lawrence Frank rumors

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

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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

Jason Kidd may not be seeing Lawrence Frank on a daily basis anymore, but at least he’s paying attention to his daily reports. When Kidd announced Frank would be “reassigned” from his assistant coaching duties last Tuesday — adding he would no longer be present on the bench during games or at practices — he said Frank would be writing “daily reports” off of the team’s games. New York Post

When asked directly about their relationship before Tuesday night’s victory over the Celtics, Kidd declined to get into it. “Unfortunately, I haven’t read anything,” Kidd said of the various media reports on their relationship. “I’ve been focused on the game plan of playing Boston, and so unfortunately I can’t answer that question. “I’ve been reading the reports [Frank is filing], and that’s as far as it’s going.” New York Post

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Sources say Kidd and Frank's relationship began to sour after assistant Joe Prunty, not Frank, was named the team's interim coach for the first two games of the season, when Kidd was serving a suspension. Sources say Frank, the assistant with the most head-coaching experience, seemed to be hurt by that decision. A rift between the two widened after a blowup at the team facility that could be heard by many others in the building, sources confirmed. Clearly, Kidd and Frank were on two different pages. The team made efforts to smooth things over, but Kidd and the organization felt the last alternative was the best solution. The only solution. One coaching source told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Nets ultimately concluded that the pairing would not work if Frank insisted on telling Kidd "what to do." ESPN.com

Kidd's initial approach was to allow Frank and assistant coach John Welch to handle the defensive and offensive duties as coordinators of sorts. Kidd envisioned his coaching style to be much the same as how Larry Bird leaned on veteran assistants Rick Carlisle and Dick Harter with the Pacers. But two sources say Nets players felt Frank was overcoaching earlier in the season, and the worry was that players would tune him out. ESPN.com

Sources say the players support Kidd and prefer to hear one voice. The Frank demotion shows that Kidd has decided to be more hands-on and be the dominant voice, even if he is still very much finding his own coaching voice. ESPN.com

Fair enough. But Scott does know both Kidd and Frank, and the man who coached the Nets to consecutive trips to the NBA Finals was not at all surprised the union between the two barely outlasted the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries marriage. “It does surprise me a little that it happened so quickly,” Scott told The Post, admitting he had not been aware of Tuesday’s bombshell move when Kidd demoted his former lead assistant Frank because of philosophical differences. “But it’s safe to say that I’m not [surprised] it happened at all because of the personalities involved.” New York Post

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