Lawrence Frank

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Lawrence Frank
Lawrence Frank in 2012.jpg
Lawrence Frank in 2012 as Detroit Pistons head coach
Brooklyn Nets
Position Team Evaluator
League National Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1970-08-23) August 23, 1970 (age 44)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Career information
High school Teaneck High School
College Indiana University
Coaching career 1992–present
Career history
As coach:
1992–1994 Marquette (NCAA I) (assistant)
1994–1997 Tennessee (NCAA I) (assistant)
1997–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies (assistant)
2000–2004 New Jersey Nets (assistant)
20042010 New Jersey Nets
2010–2011 Boston Celtics (assistant)
20112013 Detroit Pistons
2013–present Brooklyn Nets (evaluator)

Lawrence Adam Frank (born August 23, 1970)[1][2] is an American professional basketball coach who is currently working as a team evaluator for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He formerly served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons and the Nets (then-called the New Jersey Nets), and has been an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics and the Nets.

Early life and education[edit]

Frank was born in New York City and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. Frank graduated from Teaneck High School, but he never made the school's basketball team.[3] He earned his B.S. in education from Indiana University in 1992, where he spent four seasons as a manager for the Hoosier basketball team led by Bob Knight. During his time at Indiana the Hoosiers won the Big Ten Conference championship twice, once in the 1988–1989 season and again in the 1990-91 season. His senior year, during the 1991-92 season, Indiana reached the 1992 NCAA Final Four, but fell to Duke in a foul-plagued game in Minneapolis.

Frank frequently cites Knight as a role model and mentor.[4] Asked what he learned most of Knight, he said, "It's more of what he stood for. If you work hard and are trustworthy it will carry you a long way. Master your subject matter, have confidence, be reliable and sincere. He is a great mentor and teacher to have at age 18. With him you started at the bottom and were given nothing. Everything you got, you earned – sweat equity." [4]

Frank is credited by some for having secretly taped a practice speech by Knight leading up to an Indiana-Purdue game in 1991.[5] In the speech Knight unleashes a torrent of expletives and threats designed to motivate his team.

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

Frank served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for three seasons under Head coach Kevin O'Neill. Frank first worked with O'Neill as a staff assistant at Marquette University in 1992 and during his tenure, helped lead the Marquette Warriors to two NCAA tournament berths and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1994.[6]

Frank then spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies under Brian Hill. Hill would later serve as Frank's assistant with the New Jersey Nets.[6] His responsibilities with the Grizzlies included scouting upcoming opponents as well as practice and bench coaching duties.

Head coach[edit]

Frank became the interim head coach of the New Jersey Nets on January 26, 2004, succeeding Byron Scott, after serving as an assistant coach with the team since the 2000-01 season. He officially became the head coach of the Nets on June 21, 2004.

Frank began his NBA head coaching career by achieving a 13–0 record from January 27 to February 24, 2004, setting a new NBA record for the most consecutive wins by a rookie NBA head coach. The 13-game winning streak was also the longest winning streak of a rookie head coach in any of North America's four major professional sports leagues. During this streak, the Nets won six consecutive games on the road, giving Frank the mark for the most road-game wins by a rookie head coach.

The Nets picked up the extension option in Lawrence's contract on June 6, 2006, and added a two-year extension on July 23, 2007. However, Frank's tenure as Nets head coach ended on November 29, 2009, after the Nets began the season with an 0-16 record.[7] This streak was ongoing at the time of his dismissal and continued afterwards. Frank was the only coach ever in the NBA to start and end his tenure with a team with a double digit winning streak and losing streak.[citation needed] Following his firing, Frank worked as an analyst for NBATV. On July 15, 2010, Frank was hired by the Boston Celtics, replacing Tom Thibodeau as the lead assistant coach on Doc Rivers' coaching staff.

On August 3, 2011, Frank was announced as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.[8]

After a loss to Oklahoma City Thunder on November 12, 2012, the Pistons fell to 0-8. This made Frank the third coach in the history of the NBA to start at least 0-8 with two separate franchises.

On April 18, 2013, Frank was fired by the Pistons after going 54-94 in two seasons.[9]

On June 28, 2013, Frank gave in to player-turned-rookie-coach Jason Kidd's rather public recruiting efforts to make Frank (who had coached Kidd when he played for the Nets) his lead assistant coach on the (now-Brooklyn) Nets. Frank's contract made him the highest-paid assistant coach in the NBA at the time (approximately $6 million over 6 years). Preferring to delegate his authority, Kidd stated that Frank's role would be to run the team's defense, while being Kidd's (on-the-job-training-style) head-coaching mentor. Kidd placed another assistant coach, John Welch, in charge of the team's offense.[10][11]

On December 3, 2013, Frank was demoted, relegated by Nets head coach Jason Kidd to merely filing team evaluation reports. This so-called "re-assignment" meant that Frank would be banned from being on the bench during games and from even attending team practices. This resulted from escalating tensions and squabbling between the two over the 'right' coaching philosophies, strategies, and tactics for the team.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Born in New York City, New York and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, Frank graduated from Teaneck High School, but he never made the school's basketball team.[3] He played for a Jewish Community Center team and was also a player-coach for a Catholic Youth Organization team.[13] In addition to his degree from Indiana University Bloomington, Frank also holds an M.S. in education administration from Marquette University.

Lawrence and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, and reside in Demarest, New Jersey during the offseason.[14]

Coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
NJN 2003–04 40 25 15 .625 1st in Atlantic 11 7 4 .636 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
NJN 2004–05 82 42 40 .512 3rd in Atlantic 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
NJN 2005–06 82 49 33 .598 1st in Atlantic 11 5 6 .455 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
NJN 2006–07 82 41 41 .500 2nd in Atlantic 12 6 6 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
NJN 2007–08 82 34 48 .415 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NJN 2008–09 82 34 48 .415 4th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
NJN 2009–10 16 0 16 .000 (fired)  —
DET 2011–12 66 25 41 .379 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
DET 2012–13 82 29 53 .354 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
Career 614 279 335 .454 38 18 20 .474

References[edit]

  1. ^ Araton, Harvey (July 22, 2005). "Bench Battle of 2 Lawrences Taking Shape". New York Times. Archived from the original on February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lawrence Frank". The Sports Network. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Popper, Steve. "A Coach in Training, Even as a Teenager", The New York Times, January 28, 2004. Accessed March 28, 2008. "Almost 20 years ago, Bruce Frank was the starting point guard for the Teaneck High School team, playing alongside the future N.B.A. player Tony Campbell. Frank was good enough to dream of playing in the NBA himself someday and to earn a place in Howie Garfinkel's Five-Star Basketball Camp. The camp also held interest for Bruce Frank's younger brother, Lawrence, a 16-year-old who had been cut from the same Teaneck High team."
  4. ^ a b Lamb, Kevin. "Meet Lawrence Frank, Detroit’s new basketball coach – Q&A". Sportz Detroit Magazine. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Tom (18 February 2008). "Did Lawrence Frank Tape Classic Knight Tirade?". Indy Cornrows. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Rhoden, William C. (April 20, 2005). "Sports of The Times; A New Day for Frank, And a New Opportunity". The New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dave D'Alessandro. "New Jersey Nets Fire Lawrence Frank". The Star-Ledger. November 29, 2009. Retrieved on November 29, 2009.
  8. ^ Pistons' new coach Lawrence Frank: 'We'll be defense-first'
  9. ^ Detroit Pistons fire coach Lawrence Frank
  10. ^ Nets Agree to Terms with Assistants Frank, Rogers, Hughes
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  13. ^ Ira Berkow. "The Improbable World of Lawrence Frank". New York Times. February 18, 2004. Retrieved on November 29, 2009.
  14. ^ http://www.nba.com/coachfile/lawrence_frank/

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