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Detroit Pistons fire head coach Lawrence Frank

1:34 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - That didn't take long.

Less than 24 hours after their season finale, the Detroit Pistons fired head coach Lawrence Frank today. ESPN's Marc Stein was first to report the news.

"We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time," president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a released statement. "Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future."

Frank concludes his Pistons career with a 54-94 record. The Pistons now will be looking for their eighth coach in 14 seasons.

Frank, 42, was hired during the NBA lockout of 2011, after developing a solid reputation as head coach of the New Jersey Nets for six years run and one season as an assistant under Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics.

Frank's first year showed promise when, after a 4-20 start to the lockout-shortened season, he navigated a 21-21 finish.

But the Pistons lost their first eight games this season, and right when they appeared to be improving, they lost rookie center Andre Drummond for 22 games because of a back injury.

The Pistons collapsed, going 1-13 in March. Many times, they weren't even competitive. Frank missed six games during the month because his wife was ill on the East Coast.

Before Monday night's home finale, Pistons owner Tom Gores let everyone know he was not pleased with the season. The writing was on the wall for Frank.

Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan might be the best option for the Pistons going forward.

 

Detroit Free Press

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