Overtime: NJ Nets Fire Lawrence Frank

By Melva N. Lloyd

Image courtesy of http://www.nba.com

After an 0-16 start to this years’ season, the New Jersey Nets have fired head coach Lawrence Frank.

The Nets are one game shy of tying the NBA record for the most consecutive losses in a season.  New Jersey assistant coach, Tom Barrise will coach on Sunday when the Nets take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sources reported that franchise president, Rod Thorn will meet with staff on Monday to make a decision as to who will take on the job as the Nets interim coach.  Thorn must choose between current assistant coaches Barrise and John Loyer, and General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe.

Even when key players, most notably Devin Harris, returned to the lineup after recovering from injuries, that did little to improve the losing record; and that is what cost Frank his job.

A source close to the Nets franchise said that Thorn, “didn’t want Lawrence to have that record attached to his name.” Firing him would ultimately save his reputation.

Vandeweghe has wanted to fire Frank since last season, but Thorn has held off until now.

Frank took over for former Nets coach Byron Scott in 2004, winning his first 13 games and leading the team to three playoff appearances.  In six years as head coach, Frank as an overall record of 225-241.

This season would mark the final year of Frank’s contract, earning him a total of $4 million.


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