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Pistons fire Lawrence Frank

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Pistons have notified Lawrence Frank that won’t be retained as coach.

At this point, this news is a shock to no one. Frank practically asked to be fired, and the Pistons appeared likely to comply even without his request.

45 Comments

  • Apr 18, 20131:57 pm
    by Brandon Knight

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    Finally!

    I hope Joe D stays!

         

  • Apr 18, 20132:03 pm
    by Clint in Flint

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    The Basketball Gods have smiled upon us!

  • Apr 18, 20132:04 pm
    by G

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    Frank? Fired? REALLY?

    • Apr 18, 20132:04 pm
      by Brandon Knight

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      hahah this is so funny!

  • Apr 18, 20132:06 pm
    by mixmasta

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    JD would have to deliver this:
    “We want to thank Lawrence for his professionalism and contributions over the last 2 years. We also appreciate everything that he has done for our team both on and off the court over the past 2 years.”

    • Apr 18, 20132:08 pm
      by sebastian

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      Yo, mixmasta, you took the words right out of Joe’s mouth.

      • Apr 18, 20133:05 pm
        by mixmasta

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        LOL! I think Joe is reading this. He just changed his script:
         
        Joe Dumars: “We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of franchise to make a change.”

  • Apr 18, 20132:11 pm
    by RL

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    What? Why!? LF is an excellent coach*

    * By D-League Standards 

  • Apr 18, 20132:12 pm
    by leonelreo

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    I hope they fire Dumars before draft. This week. Right now

  • Apr 18, 20132:29 pm
    by Tiko

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    whose next? 

  • Apr 18, 20132:31 pm
    by Motown Mike

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    As I posted on a separate message forum…
    Earth to Tom Gores, Earth to Tome Gores, sign Mike Budenholzer. He’s only 40 years old! He’s has experience as a scout for Team USA basketball! He’s been with the San Antonio Spurs organization a long time, almost 20 years now, since 1996! And oh yeah, did I mention he’s spent his entire coach career under the tutelage of one Greg Papavoich, a man beyond moderate importance and you know, only the most successful coach in all of the NBA. In your sleep, on your way to work, at the office and at dinner with your wife chant it, sing it, whistle it, hum it. Buden-holzer! Buden-holzer! Buden-holzer!

    • Apr 18, 20135:45 pm
      by T Casey

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      I wish we could get a proven head coach, but if we have to get a first timer, you’re making a good case for him. lol

  • Apr 18, 20132:35 pm
    by Big Rick

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    You guys are brutal, although Frank probably wasn’t the right fit for our team. Never seen a society where everyone is celebrates when someone loosing a job. Wow! I was a fan of binging in Mike Woodson too, but we’re cheering for people to get fired. I understand that those individuals will probably get paid more next year than many of its will see our entire lives. With that being said, have a heart people. Geesh! 

    • Apr 18, 20132:42 pm
      by Corey

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      The guy now gets paid $4m to stay home with his sick wife next year. This is the best possible outcome for him. So there’s no reason for anyone to cry over it, or pretend great sympathy for him.

    • Apr 18, 201310:37 pm
      by John V

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      apparently you don’t remember Matt Millen.

  • Apr 18, 20132:35 pm
    by baines

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    Wow!  That didn’t take long!  Joe D made the announcement about LF.  Is this his last official duty as GM before he gets his walking papers??!!

  • Apr 18, 20132:36 pm
    by Lorenzo

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    Lets see what the team and Dumars decide to do. Certainly the coaching pool available for potential employment is much deeper than years past. Personally I hope Nate McMillan gets strong consideration…though if Jerry Sloan some how comes through the door I would be singing halleljuah for years to come.

  • Apr 18, 20132:42 pm
    by Schmidt

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    I hear Phil Jackson is looking for work

  • Apr 18, 20132:48 pm
    by Victor

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    I heard Phil Jackson is considering coaching the Pistons and they will trade Knight for Irving.

  • [...] Pistons fire Lawrence Frank [...]

  • Apr 18, 20132:53 pm
    by Big Rick

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    I’m just saying…, in this economy not too certain anyone can be overwhelmingly secure in their occupation or their current financial situation to celebrate someone loosing a job.

    On another note…, am I the only one getting tired of the local media and beyond portraying that us finishing last year’s season 21-21 like it was a major milestone or something?!? I guess it was a reason for optimism for our potential in the near future butvin reality nothing than us n continuing a trend of us winning meaningless games to finish the season hurting our lottery position. Starting to get old, real old.

    Better yet. I even saw this statement earlier today from the media; 
    “The Pistons have played their best basketball of the year in April!” How sad, there were only 6 or 7 games in April so if that’s a true statement, we saved our best basketball for April with no playoff implications. 

    • Apr 18, 20132:55 pm
      by G

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      He still gets paid. He’s getting $4M for not coaching next year. He won’t have to apply for unemployment, he won’t need to sell his house, apply for food stamps, or start shopping at Good Will. Please.

    • Apr 18, 20133:45 pm
      by MIKEYDE248

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      It just takes 76 games for the players to understand Franks game plan, unfortunately they forget it again over the summer.

  • Apr 18, 20132:53 pm
    by Schmidt

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    Stan van Gundy? He did great work with D. Howard. Could work well with Drummond

  • Apr 18, 20133:04 pm
    by Big Rick

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    I know this G, but still. 

    • Apr 18, 20133:13 pm
      by G

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      But still what? When I was unemployed, I was bouncing rent checks. I lost phone service. I was stretching every penny as far as it could go. This guy is getting $4 million to do NOTHING next year. I have no sympathy. In fact, somebody PLEASE fire me and pay me $4 million. That would make my year.

      • Apr 18, 20133:48 pm
        by MIKEYDE248

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        Still looking for the LIKE button to click on.

  • Apr 18, 20133:06 pm
    by Big Rick

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    Wonder if we retain any of the coaching staff. Roy Rodgers seems to be key in developing Moose and DRE. 

    • Apr 18, 20133:35 pm
      by mixmasta

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      Not really. What Dre is showing right now is the same things he did in college. Even FT has not improved.
      Moose? Probably. Not enough though. :)

  • Apr 18, 20133:55 pm
    by Big Rick

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    Point taken, wasn’t trying to strike a personal cord with you G. Put me in that category as well, becuase I would love to be in that position to still get paid 4 Million after I got fired. That being said, he did put out an ultimatum kind of forcing the hand of management and expediting the process. But the “still” is referring to you never know, we don’t know what’s going on his household. We don’t know how severe his wife’s illness is, we don’t know if the medical bills were and still are a heavy burden. As you may know, when you assume a certain, lifestyle losing a job or having your financial security change or removed you have to change your way of living almost all of the tme invlountarily. I’m just saying, I find it hard rooting for someone to loose their job. Even though, unemployed their probably still in a better position than I am in this eference speaking of NBA coaches, and players. Frank seemed like an alright guy, even though I didn’t alwys understand or agree with his in-game adjustments or lack of, and rotations (sigh), he’s still a person. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Just a matter of personal opinion though.

    • Apr 18, 20134:12 pm
      by G

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      The ultimatum suggests to me he wanted to get fired. I think he was being honest, if the Pistons weren’t going to retain him for his 4th year, he’d be wasting his time coaching here next year.

      This way he still gets paid, and he gets to spend more time with his wife. Coaching in the NBA is EXTREMELY stressful and time-consuming, he’s far better off this way.

  • Apr 18, 20133:56 pm
    by Big Rick

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    Point taken, wasn’t trying to strike a personal cord with you G. Put me in that category as well, becuase I would love to be in that position to still get paid 4 Million after I got fired. That being said, he did put out an ultimatum kind of forcing the hand of management and expediting the process. But the “still” is referring to you never know, we don’t know what’s going on his household. We don’t know how severe his wife’s illness is, we don’t know if the medical bills were and still are a heavy burden. As you may know, when you assume a certain, lifestyle losing a job or having your financial security change or removed you have to change your way of living almost all of the tme invlountarily. I’m just saying, I find it hard rooting for someone to loose their job. Even though, unemployed their probably still in a better position than I am in this eference speaking of NBA coaches, and players. Frank seemed like an alright guy, even though I didn’t alwys understand or agree with his in-game adjustments or lack of, and rotations (sigh), he’s still a person. Just a matter of personal opinion though.

  • Apr 18, 20135:23 pm
    by bball4224

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    Why are so many ppl flipping out about Phil Jackson, I thought Pistons’ fans were supposed to hate the dude, now you guys want him GM and coach?
    Ummmm, no. (Then again there are more Lakers fans than Pistons ones at the Palace.)

    • Apr 19, 20138:34 am
      by G

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      Why are we supposed to hate Phil Jackson? Because he used to coach the Bulls and the Lakers? He’s a freakin’ good coach! I’ll hate him if he goes back to coaching the Bulls or the Lakers, it doesn’t keep me from wanting him to coach the Pistons.

      • Apr 19, 201312:46 pm
        by bball4224

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        It’s like sleeping w/ the enemy.

        Be the same to me as having Ron Artest on our team. Or Scottie Pippen on our staff. (Ok maybe not the latter, I LOATHE Pippen.)

        • Apr 19, 20131:48 pm
          by G

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          Artest is a different story, he made it personal. Phil coached a team that eventually beat Detroit in the playoffs, Artest went into the stands and started swinging. No comparison.

          There was always a detachment about Phil, something that separated him from the contest. There were players for Indiana, Chicago, Boston, and LA that it was ok to like. Why is Phil Jackson the enemy? This makes no sense.

          • Apr 19, 20132:33 pm
            by bball4224

            Artest made up w/ the guy he hit and said we got some good hoods in Detroit so hey.

            I just tend to not like people who are associated with being our rivals. (Unless they were former Pistons or Wolverines. Or unless they weren’t very good/weren’t with them very long, then I don’t care.)

  • Apr 18, 20135:48 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Now what am I going to do with my username???? 

    • Apr 18, 20136:05 pm
      by Reaction

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      Become I want Mike Budenholzer

    • Apr 18, 20137:39 pm
      by Brandon Knight

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      Brandon Knight 2.0 hahahah

  • Apr 18, 20136:17 pm
    by T Casey

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    Bout time. Never should’ve been hired to begin with. Now hopefully we can get somebody in here with a good track record and who shows some real promise as a head coach.

  • Apr 18, 20138:42 pm
    by MAHORN FOR NEXT PISTON COACH

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    Nuff said

    • Apr 19, 20138:31 am
      by G

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      But then who would do the “ARRR” for the Captain Morgans promos? Mahorn does it so well…

      • Apr 19, 201312:44 pm
        by bball4224

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        Hahahaha! Whenever we are forced to listen to the radio as opposed to watch the games that’s what we all wait for. Best part of the games lol.

      • Apr 19, 20133:52 pm
        by MrCarter

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        I just think its time. He would teach these guys some toughness and command respect, two things I didnt see happening with Frank.

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