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Lawrence Frank returns to Pistons

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank was back with his team Monday after missing six games dealing with his wife’s serious health issue.

"She had to have major surgery and it’ll be a long recovery," Frank said after morning shootaround before a game against the Brooklyn Nets. "It was critical that I had to be there for my wife and kids. It’s a helpless feeling."

First of all, glad to hear Lawrence Frank’s wife has progressed.

Secondly, this should make the Pistons better. Say what you will about Frank’s coaching ability – and I suspect many of you will – but the Pistons’ struggles were augmented by missing a coach, especially their head coach. This is Frank’s team, and at the moment, they’re better off trying to play Frank’s way than hastily adjusting to some Brian Hill-infused version of that plan.

20 Comments

  • Mar 18, 20132:36 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Brain Hill is a much better coach than Frank…

    But he was given nuffin to work with other than a busted System and injuried players 

    • Mar 18, 20133:19 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Hill is 298-315 in his career. Frank is 273-327. Anyone objectively looking at them can conclude that neither guy is a very good NBA coach, and in fact, Hill has had some disastrous seasons too (his Vancouver tenure, being run out of Orlando twice in different eras). Both had done OK when they’ve had talent, and both have been awful when they haven’t had a lot of talent. Neither guy is a difference-maker.

      Oh, and one of the dumb points you constantly harp on with Frank is the fact that, having never played, he can’t possibly be respected by players. I’m assuming you know that Hill never played either, right? So if you hold that against Frank, shouldn’t you hold that against Hill?

    • Mar 18, 20133:24 pm
      by G

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      DIS.A.GREE. 

    • Mar 18, 20133:26 pm
      by G

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      Clamoring for Hill to take over the team is stupid. What does that accomplish? You’ve now traded one mediocre coach for another mediocre coach. Mind numbingly dumb.

      • Mar 18, 20133:40 pm
        by Patrick Hayes

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        Not only that, you’d be trading a mediocre coach in Frank who is at least respected by the former players he’s worked with, to one in Hill who alienated his players in Orlando twice and in Vancouver (while also losing a shit ton of games with the Grizz).

  • Mar 18, 20132:57 pm
    by sebastian

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    On April 18, 2013, Joe should make the compassionate, administrative decision to release L. Frank of his Head Coaching position with the Detroit Pistons, so that he may spend the time needed with his wife and kids.
    In one action Joe can do the Pistons fans, L. Frank, his wife and kids all a huge favor.

    • Mar 18, 20133:24 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Joe Dumars should fire Lawrence Frank if and only if he’s going to both pay the money to find an upgrade or put in the time it takes to scour the assistant coaching ranks for the next up and coming star to give an opportunity to. If he’s going to do neither of those things, and would just be firing Frank to bring in another in the long line of mediocre NBA retreads looking for work, then it makes far more sense to open next season with stability rather than keeping up with the two years or less and out pattern. And if he is going to fire Frank and just hire another retread on the cheap, then it’s probably Dumars we should be talking about getting fired.

      • Mar 18, 20133:31 pm
        by G

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        ^YES. If the Pistons have an opportunity to hire a solid basketball mind or the next Thibodeau, by all means fire Frank. If not, what would the point be?

         

      • Mar 18, 20134:05 pm
        by tarsier

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        agreed

        • Mar 18, 20139:43 pm
          by frankie d

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          watch derek fisher.  guarantee he will be a head coach within 3 years and once he gets the shot, he will be a very good head coach.   he’s been the most obvious head-coach-in-training in the league over the last decade.  his profile – mediocre talent, got the max out of his talent and skill, point guard, winner,  leader, articulate, huge respect among peers – is exactly what lots of the better players-turned-coach have had.
          if i had to pick a wild card as the next coach, fisher would be the guy. 

          • Mar 19, 20138:41 am
            by G

            Fisher might not be bad, but I think Chauncey could be a Hall of Fame coach.

  • Mar 18, 20133:12 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    LOL! 

  • Mar 18, 20133:13 pm
    by tarsier

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    Darn, we don’t want the Pistons to play better for the rest of this season.

  • Mar 18, 20133:55 pm
    by Tiko

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    We really need not win more than 2-4 games the rest of the season… Frank messes up any chance of that 

    • Mar 18, 20134:21 pm
      by G

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      Really? The Pistons offensive and defensive problems are now solved? Does Frank have an out-cold jump shot? Is he going to suit up & shut down Brook Lopez tonight?

      • Mar 18, 20136:57 pm
        by CityofKlompton

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        Haha. Love this response.

  • Mar 18, 20136:39 pm
    by Adrià

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    YEAH!!! Now that Frank is back we do really have a chance to make the playoffs!!

    OK NO. I’m just happy that his wife is better and he’s back with the team. Maybe he’s not a great coach, but I prefer his stability and his willingness to win some games and play with some pride than the mess we’ve been with Hill. And, maybe, as he’s back we won’t see more Monroe blaming the team and keep playing without energy.

  • Mar 18, 20136:48 pm
    by robertbayer

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    DIS  A GREE …. This losing streak started with Frank and may end with Frank .. may  ..  The only good thing about the illness of his wife is it took some focus off Frank and it would  not have been any prettier with Frank around .. To be honest .. Hill did a better job than Frank would have if you look at the player rotations .. Better than before .. Frank is a pure balderdash … We need a real head coach … and it has been about 10 since we did ..

    • Mar 19, 20138:08 am
      by G

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      Hill did much better than Frank? What’s Hill’s record these past few games with Frank out?

  • Mar 19, 20133:59 am
    by Unknown error

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    Robertbayer you need a new GM… you’re already paying 3 coaches right now… If after 6-7 years of rebuilding if your still this awful it starts at the top If you ask me. 

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