Lawrence Frank Reportedly Agrees To Four-Year Deal To Become Pistons' Head Coach

Lawrence Frank has agreed to a four-year deal to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, according to a report.

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Lawrence Frank To Be Officially Introduced As Pistons Coach On Wednesday

Lawrence Frank's tenure as the Detroit Pistons' head coach will officially begin Wednesday, according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, when he is introduced as the Pistons' coach in a noon press conference.

Frank reportedly agreed to become the Pistons' next head coach last Friday, and will be taking over in Motown from John Kuester, who was fired in June. Frank has a career 225-241 record from his seven seasons coaching the New Jersey Nets, but was 225-225 entering the 2009-10 season before his Nets opened the year 0-16, leading to Frank's firing.

Frank's Nets teams adhered to mediocrity admirably during the bulk of his coaching career: in his five full seasons in New Jersey, Frank never had a time win or lose more than 50 games.

NBA teams can still conduct business unrelated to players during the lockout, as the Pistons are doing by hiring Frank.

For more on the Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys.


Lawrence Frank Agrees To Contract To Become Detroit Pistons Coach, According To Report

Lawrence Frank had verbally agreed to become the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons. Now, he has agreed to put the pen to the paper. Frank will soon sign a four-year deal to become the Pistons' head coach, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The fourth year is a team option.

Frank will ultimately head a rebuilding effort that has been long-needed in Detroit since the Pistons' last of six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2008. With the picks of Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight, the Pistons have begun to build a young core.

Frank ultimately beat out former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson for the job, according to Wojnarowski. He is the former coach of the New Jersey Nets before spending a year as Doc Rivers' lead assistant in Boston. He will replace John Kuester, who was fired after two years on the job.

For more on the Lawrence Frank hiring and the Detroit Pistons, visit Detroit Bad Boys.


Larry Brown Reportedly Interested In Joining Celtics Staff If Pistons Hire Lawrence Frank

Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown is interested in becoming an assistant on Doc Rivers' Boston Celtics coaching staff next season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Wojnarowski adds that Brown joining Rivers' staff is tied to current Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank accepting the Detroit Pistons' head coaching job.

The Pistons are expected to offer Frank a contract this week.

The 70-year-old Brown has 1,098 wins in 2,002 career games as a head coach for the Denver Nuggets (1976-79), New Jersey Nets (1981-83), San Antonio Spurs (1988-91), Los Angeles Clippers (1991-93), Indiana Pacers (1993-97), Philadelphia 76ers (1997-2003), Detroit Pistons (2003-05), New York Knicks (2005-06) and Charlotte Bobcats, where he went 88-104 in 2+ seasons before resigning on December 22, 2010.

Brown led the Pistons to an NBA Championship in the 2003-04 season.

According to Wojnarowski, Rivers is expected to promote current assistant Mike Longabardi, but Brown and Rivers are close friends, with Brown previously expressing an interest in joining the Celtics' coaching in staff in 2007. A source close to Brown tells Yahoo! that Brown is willing to work for "less than the going rate".

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog.


Lawrence Frank Hired As Detroit Pistons Head Coach, According To Report

The Detroit Pistons have officially hired former Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank as the team's new head coach, according reports released late Thursday night. Frank will replace John Kuester, who compiled a 57-107 record in two seasons with the team.

Previously, Frank worked as head coach of the New Jersey Nets, amassing a 225-241 record while leading the team to four consecutive playoff berths to begin his tenure. Following a 0-16 start to the 2009-2010 season, the 40-year old was mercifully fired by the team, eventually signing on as a defensive assistant to Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics. Despite the team's aging squad, the Celtic's defense managed to finish first in the league in opponent points allowed in their only season under Frank.

Coincidentally, the Pistons' new coach is the second assistant from Rivers' staff to leave the team within the past few days. Darren Erman left to be an assistant with Golden State on Wednesday.

Frank's departure also marks the second time in two year's that Rivers has lost his top defensive assistant. Last season Tom Thibodeau left the Celtics' staff to become head coach of the Chicago Bulls, eventually winning Coach of the Year honors after leading the team to the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.

For more on the Lawrence Frank hiring and the Detroit Pistons, visit Detroit Bad Boys.


Pistons To Offer Lawrence Frank Job As Head Coach, According To Report

The Detroit Pistons will offer Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank the team's head coaching job, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Reports had recently suggested that Frank and former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson were the two finalists for the Pistons job. Frank previously served as the head coach of the New Jersey Nets before being fired in 2009 as N.J. got out to a 0-17 start. (The previous record for season-opening futility was 0-18; Frank's dismissal was seen as a favor. The Nets ended up starting 0-19.)

The Pistons fired John Kuester in June after two lottery seasons. Kuester's tenure was marked not just by losses, but also internal drama with Allen Iverson, Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.

If Frank is the choice, it will be the second year in a row in which Doc Rivers' loses his top assistant in Boston. Last year, the Chicago Bulls hired away defensive guru Tom Thibodeau from the Celtics' staff. Thibodeau went on to win Coach of the Year in Chicago and currently has the highest winning percentage as a head coach in NBA history.

For more on the Pistons, visit Detroit Bad Boys and SB Nation Detroit.


Mike Woodson, Lawrence Frank Finalists For Open Pistons Coach Job

Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank remain the leading contenders for the still-open Detroit Pistons head coaching job, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. Woodson, who most recently coached the Atlanta Hawks before being fired in 2010, previously served as an assistant in Detroit under Larry Brown. Frank coached the New Jersey Nets before being relieved (in the truest sense of the word) of his duties during that team's historic futility streak to start the 2009-10 season.

The Pistons fired John Kuester after two mostly miserable seasons, and according to Stein, are committed to hiring a coach with experience in the first chair after striking out with first-time head coaches Kuester and Michael Curry before him. The other candidates who have interviewed with Detroit's management team include Pistons legend Bill Laimbeer, Magic assistant Patrick Ewing and Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson. None of those three have served as an NBA head coach. Laimbeer did win a title as head coach of the WNBA's Detroit Shock, and Sampson was a successful head coach at the NCAA level before scandal pushed him to the pros.

Stein reports that new franchise owner Tom Gores' management team was impressed with Frank, who is Doc Rivers' top assistant with the Celtics.

For more on the Pistons, visit Detroit Bad Boys and SB Nation Detroit.


Patrick Ewing Interviews For Pistons Coaching Vacancy

Patrick Ewing has interviewed with the Detroit Pistons for their coaching vacancy, according to’s David Aldridge. Ewing has been an assistant with the Orlando Magic for the past few seasons, and before that, he spent time in Houston tutoring Yao Ming.

But since retiring a decade ago, Ewing has always sought a head coaching role, and the Pistons are the latest team to give him a look as a potential head coach. From

“It’s disappointing that I haven’t moved to the next step to getting a head coaching job, but all I can do is keep working hard and keep on preparing myself for whenever that opportunity arises,” Ewing told the New York Daily News earlier this month. ”A lot of people try to pigeonhole me into just a big man’s coach and I’m just not a big man’s coach. I’m a coach.”

It’s unclear if there’s a second interview planned, but in any case, he’s on the Pistons’ list of candidates, and that’s a start.


Isiah Thomas A Candidate, But Not Top Candidate For Detroit Pistons Head Coach Job

Believe it or not, Isiah Thomas - the Isiah Thomas - is a candidate for the vacant head coach position at the Detroit Pistons. I don't have regular contact with droves of Pistons fans, but I assume that, while they still consider Thomas a legendary player, they don't want him anywhere near the bench. Regardless, Thomas is a candidate, but fear not! He's not the top candidate, or so says Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Isiah Thomas on Pistons' list of coaching candidates, sources say. Not top candidate; on list w/Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer.less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply


That's just an awesome list of coaching candidates. Coaching skill aside, the histories and personalities of Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer and Isiah Thomas make this the best head coach saga ever. Pistons fans might not be thrilled, but neutral journalists and bloggers are salivating at the thought of writing about an NBA team coached by Thomas or Laimbeer, and Sampson isn't a bad consolation prize.

These men are fighting to replace John Kuester, who was fired after two rough years in charge in Detroit. For more on the Pistons' coaching search, visit Detroit Bad Boys and SB Nation Detroit.


Mike Woodson, Kelvin Sampson Emerge As Pistons' Coach Candidates After John Kuester Is Fired

Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson and successful college coach Kelvin Sampson are the early top contenders for the newly open Detroit Pistons head coach position, vacant after the team fired John Kuester on Sunday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Woodson has previously worked with Joe Dumars in Detroit, as a longtime assistant coach under Larry Brown; Woodson was on the staff that claimed the 2004 NBA Championship. He coached the Hawks for six seasons, taking the team from the high lottery to, eventually, a No. 3 seed in playoffs in 2010. But Atlanta was smoked by the Orlando Magic in four inglorious games in the second round in '10, and Atlanta elected to replace Woodson with his top assistant Larry Drew. In 2011, the Hawks had a less successful regular season, but beat the Magic in the playoffs and challenged the Chicago Bulls in the second round.

Sampson has served as an assistant under Scott Skiles with the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons. Previous to that, he excelled as a college coach at Oklahoma and Indiana. His NCAA career disappeared under serious allegations of recruiting violations at Indiana in 2008; he was handed a five-year show cause order that prevents any NCAA team from hiring him until 2013. The Hoosiers were placed on three years of probation, and Sampson was jettisonned mid-season. He almost immediately moved to the NBA, where he became a consultant for the Spurs before being hired by Skiles.

Kuester was fired after two rough seasons in Detroit, where the Pistons went 57-107 under his watch. He's reportedly on his way to L.A. to be an assistant under Mike Brown for the Lakers.

For more on the Pistons' coaching search, visit Detroit Bad Boys and SB Nation Detroit.


John Kuester Out As Detroit Pistons Coach After Conflicting Reports

The Detroit Pistons and coach John Kuester are parting ways, Yahoo! Sports Marc J. Spears reported Sunday. This comes a week after ESPN and CBS Sports agreed to disagree on whether Kuester was in the process of being fired by Detroit or not.

Kuester thus looks to continue his tradition of landing new employment every couple seasons or so, as the Pistons job was his seventh of the past decade. The team went 57-107 during Kuester's two seasons, the latter of which was riddled with rumors of a near-mutiny by players and camera shots of Pistons openly laughing at their coach.

This was Kuester's first NBA head coaching job and his first top job anywhere since leaving George Washington University in 1990. He's worked seven stints as a NBA assistant coach in the interim.

For more on Kuester and the Detroit Pistons, visit SB Nation Detroit and SB Nation's Pistons blog, Detroit Bad Boys.


John Kuester 'Has Not Been Let Go' By Pistons, According To Reports

The firing of Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester has seemed so inevitable for so long that ESPN's initial report about his imminent departure from Detroit just seemed like the other shoe finally falling. But new reports contradict Ric Bucher's sources, and indicate that Kuester isn't quite out the door — yet.

A source told CBS Sports' Ken Berger that Kuester "has not been let go," and that no decision on his future will be made until ownership of the Pistons is fully transferred from Karen Davidson to Tom Gores.'s Chris Iott also reports that a source says nothing is decided yet, but couches that by saying Kuester "will be fired," and that it's "a matter of time" before it happens.

So, on one hand, Bucher is reporting that Kuester will be fired soon; others are reporting that he won't be fired now but will be fired later. Either way, Kuester seemingly isn't going to be spared the axe, just given a stay of execution.

For more on Kuester and the Detroit Pistons, visit SB Nation Detroit and SB Nation's Pistons blog, Detroit Bad Boys.


Report: Pistons To Fire Head Coach John Kuester

John Kuester's tenure as the Detroit Pistons' head coach has lasted for two years, and his below-average performance apparently has the Pistons on the verge of firing him. ESPN's Rich Bucher cites sources saying that the Pistons and Kuester are close to parting ways.

Kuester was named the Pistons head coach in 2009 after Avery Johnson turned down the opportunity, and signed a three-year, $6 million deal. He has compiled a 57-107 record over two seasons with the Pistons, and the Pistons were above .500 for just three days of his tenure.

Kuester repeatedly clashed with Pistons players, and reports of a player-led protest surfaced in the 2010-11 season.

Bucher additionally reports that Detroit's basketball operations power structure, led by general manager Joe Dumars, will remain in place. Dumars is one of the NBA's longest-tenured decision-makers, and assembled the core of the Pistons team that won the 2004 NBA title.

For more on Kuester and the Detroit Pistons, visit SB Nation Detroit and SB Nation's Pistons blog, Detroit Bad Boys.

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