Justin DeFeo of Brooklyn Nets site The Brooklyn Game asked me a few questions prior to tonight’s Pistons-Nets game, including my impressions of a certain former Nets coach:
The biggest complaint about Frank has been his rotation. For a rebuilding team, he’s still pretty heavily reliant on veterans (even limited ones on expiring contracts who may not be here next season like Jason Maxiell and Corey Maggette). Drummond has played consistent minutes, but nowhere near the minutes he should be receiving considering his best attributes — rebounding and protecting the rim — are two of Detroit’s deficiencies. And the one drastic change Frank did make, subbing Kyle Singler into the starting lineup for Rodney Stuckey, which added needed perimeter shooting to the first unit and let Stuckey begin to thrive as a playmaking combo guard leading the second unit, wasn’t even Frank’s idea. Stuckey actually had to beg his way out of the starting lineup, as weird as that sounds. The biggest issue with Frank’s rotation is simply his unwillingness to play Drummond and Greg Monroe together. They rarely see the court at the same time, and when Frank is asked about why he doesn’t play them, he gives evasive, vague answers.
I wouldn’t say that Frank’s tenure has been a disaster. After all, he’s following up awful coaching tenures by Michael Curry and John Kuester, so the bar for him has been pretty low. But for a coach who preaches defense, for a franchise that desperately needs its young players to develop rapidly, Frank has underwhelmed in both those areas. The defense, though (very) slightly better this season, is still bad and the team is not playing its young players enough.
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