Let me dust off the cobwebs…
Sorry you guys, Natalie and I have been busy doing life related things, and have not had a chance to update the site as frequently as we would like in the last few weeks. We both know that while there is not a lot of positive things going on, a coaching search still happened during this lockout downtime. While most of us weren’t thrilled with the options available for Head Coaching candidates, in my opinion we got the best of the available bunch.
So… Lawrence Frank, what do we know about him?
- Born in New York and raised in New Jersey.
- Did not make any organized basketball teams during his time in High School.
- Volunteered to be a manager for the Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball for 4 seasons under legendary coach, Bob Knight.
- Has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education.
- Served as an Assistant Coach under current USC Men’s Basketball Team Coach Kevin O’Neill’s staff at the University of Tennessee after working as a staff assistant with O’Neill at Marquette University for 2 years.
- Current Pistons’ Assistant Coach Brian Hill (my original recommendation for the coaching job) had Frank as an Assistant Coach on his staff with the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies team.
- Frank was named Interim Head Coach of the New Jersey Nets during the 2003-2004 NBA season after Byron Scott was fired.
- Frank became the permanent Head Coach after the season, in which he started 13-0 which set a record for most consecutive coaching victories to start a career.
- Frank was fired from his position as Head Coach of the Nets during the 2009-2010 season, just after Thanksgiving. The Nets began the season 0-16.
- Frank spent some time as an on-air analyst for NBATV during the 2009-2010 season.
- Boston Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers hired Frank to takeover the Assistant Head Coaching spot left vacant by Tom Thibodeau when Thibs left to become the new Head Coach of the Chicago Bulls.
- Frank, alongside Rivers, helped the Celtics advance to the 2011 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where they lost to Joel Anthony and the rest of the eventual Eastern Conference Champion, Miami Heat.
- Frank has a career record of 225-241 which is a .483 winning percentage.
- Frank’s style has always been balanced defense and offense. Motion based offense, primarily because of the backcourt he had in New Jersey. The offense will work in a halfcourt set, like we’re all used to seeing as Pistons’ fans.
- The defense will likely revert back to a little of what we saw with Larry Brown, as far as sets are concerned. Frank ran a trapping half court set that would jump back and forth from zone to man according to matchups.
- Frank has coached some good players in his time as a Coach in this league: KG, Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen and Vince Carter just to name a few.
- Frank is highly respected around the league, as evidence to his hiring to be Doc Rivers’ primary Assistant in Boston, replacing Thibodeau.
I’ve been hoping that Detroit would select Frank because, as you heard me say in the last podcast, it’s time for the Pistons to break out of their “roots”. It’s nice and sentimental to hire old, familiar faces from the by-gone era of the franchise. Allowing another 1st year Head Coach (Laimbeer) to come in and flounder in his first year or two not only puts Joe Dumars’ job at risk, but it doesn’t give new owner Tom Gores’ and his Platinum team a potential high reward. Frank is a low risk, high reward hiring. He has shown he has the ability to “coach up” his teams, as evidenced by the 13-0 start to his career after the Byron Scott firing. He will also be a good Head Coach to have in place while building a team, and re-establishing the “Piston Way” of doing things since he is a defensive minded coach, who typically runs a half court “motion” offense which has been the Pistons “bread and butter” for years.
He has coached teams that have had a lot of talent, and then some that have had little talent. Consider Frank to be a more experienced Rick Carlisle (pre Dallas Mavs, Carlisle), and take back what Joe said after he hired John Kuester, (and I’m paraphrasing) “This team is in the pre-Rick Carlisle stage. They’re poised for another run”.
This team is far from another run, unless the new CBA allows for them to not only dump a bad contract (via Amnesty Clause in the last CBA) but also to trade bad contracts to another team to clear cap space. A single player base of rookie sensation Greg Monroe is a strong start to build around. Monroe has shown that he truly does have the heart of a Piston and is willing to do whatever the team needs him to do to win.
Frank is a safe choice to be the next Head Coach of the Pistons. We’ve all read the negative things about him: “He lost the team in New Jersey” or “his last year started off 0-16″ or “He’s not as good as his 13-0 start” or “he should’ve gotten more out of that Nets team that featured Vince Carter, Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson”. Frank will give this team the stability it has lacked in the Head Coaching position for the last 6 seasons because of his demeanor, work ethic, relative youth, and experience in dealing with the attitudes that come along with “entitled” athletes.
Despite a 14 point first half lead, Chris Wilcox playing his best ball in a
Pistons uniform and Rip Hamilton leading the Pistons with 20 points, Detroit
lost their 10th straight game to the Dallas Mavericks 93-98.
- The Pistons started hot and Dallas shot 28.6 percent and trailed 22-14 after
- Detroit looked like a rejuvenated team Tuesday night in Dallas, regardless of
the loss. Great first half, but things changed in the third quarter when
Dallas started making their shots.
- With Will Bynum out, Chucky Atkins played just 7 minutes.
- Pleasant surprise of the night, Chris Wilcox.
- Big shots late in the game for Rodney Stuckey kept Detroit in the game but he
didn’t hit a shot till the second half.
- Are you kidding me Mr. Wilcox? It’s about time that Chris is being the Chris I thought he was.
- Dunk, after Dunk after dunk. Wilcox scored 8 of his 12 points in the first quarter jump starting Detroit to first half domination. Chris also grabbed six boards in his 20 minutes on the court.
Video Courtesy of The NBA and The Detroit Pistons
- Is Jason Maxiell in the dog house again? DNP for the Baby Eater.
- Tayshaun Prince looked comfortable last night and did a great job down the stretch limiting Dirk. Tay finished with 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting with 5 boards, 2 assists a steal and a blocked shot.
- With Tay and Wilcox playing so well there wasn’t much Need4Swede. Jonas played just 14 minutes, but his 2 points came from a nice dunk.
- Rodney scored 10 in the fourth with the game on the line but couldn’t make the WIDEST open three since …well that miserable night against the Spurs. Rodney finished with 15 on the night.
- 12 boards and 6 points for Mr. Wallace. When Ben plays like that, Detroit usually always has a chance to win.
- You kidding me Charlie V? Villanueva hit 4 huge 3-pointers in the first half which helped the Pistons pull away. He finished with 17 and 9 boards, that’s the Charlie V we want to see. Anyone else besides me wondering why he wasn’t on the floor when Detroit needed a three to tie the ball game?
- Ben Gordon just 9 points on 4-for-11 shooting with 4 turns. I knew he was going to have a bad night as soon as his first shot hit the side of the backboard like my grandma shot it.
- Damn you Jason Terry and your 26 points and silly airplane dance.
- Last Pistons double-digit losing streak was the 13-game tank for Grant Hill in 1994.
- It hasn’t been fun to watch this team lately, but last night at least it showed that they still have some fight left in them.
- 44 points in the Paint for Detroit.
- Board war lost 41-47.
- Exciting finish to the game, if you missed it the NBA.com Highlights will help you out.
- Another game tonight against our good friend Antonio McDyess and his San Antonio Spurs. For a man who’s quiet and reserved, Antonio tells his true feelings about the Chauncey Billups trade last season.
“I think ever since they traded Chauncey away, everything just kind of went downhill from there,” said McDyess, who will face the Pistons tonight. “It’s like they broke up all chemistry, and I really didn’t understand the whole logic of that trade.
“I guess they really was in a rebuilding stage, and it’s showing now.”
- Yes it is Dyess….
- To stir things up even more what is the Dumars for Governor of Michigan rumor I’m hearing. Let him fix this team before he even attempts to fix the State please.
“At the end of the second the way things were going I thought Tay would be our best guy to guard Dirk…..maybe looking back on it if we stayed with another big and kept one of the guards on the bench”
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News asks probably the most hard hitting questions of last night’s post game presser.
At the end of the 14-4 run you had three guards on the floor at the same time was there a problem with that?
It seems like you gave into frustration early.
From most of your comments it looks like the ESPN broadcasters really ripped the Pistons. I don’t really want to revisit the 112-91 debacle, but I just may have to.
If you DARE, here are the FSN Highlights of the game by quarter. If the Jason Kidd high glass circus make late in the game didn’t tell the whole story of the game, nothing does.
Leave your thoughts on the game, the Curry presser and the ESPN broadcast if you need to vent.