How those roles are defined will be determined by the final makeup of the staff, but Frank expects that it won’t be structured so that every coach is expected to coach both offense and defense, or both big men and perimeter players. That was the philosophy of Michael Curry, who wanted all staff members versed in all phases, and largely that of Kuester, as well.
I don’t think one approach is necessarily better than the other, but if it’s different than what John Kuester and Michael Curry did, it’s probably right.
The ancillary benefit of not having an assistant coach capable of running the entire team (because he’s so focused on his unit) is that will make Frank’s role clearer. The new Pistons coach definitely wants to be seen as the top of the food chain:
Frank is coming to the Pistons off a season where Doc Rivers gave him autonomy in running Boston’s defense. Frank isn’t philosophically opposed to a similar structure, but it won’t be employed for the 2011-12 season. Because he’s a coach with a new team, he felt it critical that his be the prominent voice at both ends.
“Your team and your audience dictate what’s needed, but with the situation here, I’m going to give a lot of responsibility to my assistants and hold them accountable for it,” he said. “But I think it’s crucial that the team understands what I stand for and what I’m about. The accountability starts with me. I’m going to have an extremely qualified staff that will have very distinct roles and responsibilities for every guy and every guy is going to bring great value and have an impact on our team.”
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