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Coach Lawrence Frank fired by Detroit Pistons

April 18, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Lawrence Frank was 59-94 in two seasons with Detroit.
Lawrence Frank was 59-94 in two seasons with Detroit. (Paul Sancya / Associated…)

It hasn't been a good day for NBA coaches. First, Cleveland fired Byron Scott. Then, Doug Collins stepped down as coach of Philadelphia. Now comes word that the Detroit Pistons have fired Lawrence Frank.

“We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,” team President Joe Dumars said. “Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future.”

Frank went 54-94 in two seasons with Detroit, including 29-53 last season.

Owner Tom Gores, who took over just before Frank was hired, said earlier this week he expected better results this season and was still assessing the future of Frank and Dumars.

This was Frank's ninth season as a head coach in the NBA. He got his start with the New Jersey Nets in 2003-04 at age 33 and spent seven seasons coaching the Nets.

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