November 30, 2009 |
How do you like the honeymoon so far? Ending the suspense -- about when they would fire Lawrence Frank, not their game against the Lakers, which was a foregone conclusion -- the New Jersey Nets terminated their coach Sunday morning, at least sparing him a long night in Staples Center and a share of history. It's not often that a mismatch actually lives up -- or down -- to its potential, but this one did. With Frank's longtime assistant Tom Barrise coaching his first, and possibly last, NBA game, the Nets did a group pirouette out of the way like toreadors as the Lakers led by as many as 34 points in a 106-87 romp.
November 5, 2004 |
New Jersey Net Coach Lawrence Frank signed a four-year, $10-million contract extension, the team said Thursday. Frank, who took over the Nets in midseason last year after Byron Scott was fired, signed the deal Wednesday. He negotiated it himself with help from advisors. Frank, 34, began his coaching career with 13 consecutive wins, a record start for a coach of a major professional team in North America.
March 1, 2004 |
New Jersey Net Coach Lawrence Frank got off to the best start of any coach in professional sports history. He's also the only head coach in the history of pro sports whose couch I slept on in college. When Frank was the basketball team manager at Indiana University, I was going to Northwestern with Adam Hirschfelder, Frank's classmate from Teaneck (N.J.) High, (right up the New Jersey Turnpike from the Meadowlands).
February 26, 2004 |
Troy Hudson filled the shoes of Sam Cassell just fine, helping end the New Jersey Nets' winning streak at 14 games. Hudson, making his first start of the season in place of the injured Cassell, scored a season-high 29 points as Minnesota beat New Jersey, 81-68, on Wednesday night to hand Net interim Coach Lawrence Frank his first loss in 14 games. "Losing is a part of the game," Frank said. "Nobody likes it. Nobody accepts it. The only thing you can do is learn from it."
February 19, 2004 |
Lawrence Frank set the NBA record for the best start to a coaching career by winning his 10th consecutive game and Jason Kidd had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 98-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night at East Rutherford, N.J. "We're not looking to break records, we're just looking to win," said Frank, who replaced Byron Scott last month.
February 12, 2004
With New Jersey's victory over Cleveland on Wednesday, Lawrence Frank tied the record for most consecutive victories to start an NBA coaching career: LAWRENCE FRANK, New Jersey Nets, 2003-04...9 KURT RAMBIS, Lakers, 1998-99...9 BUDDY JEANNETTE, Baltimore Bullets, 1947-48...9 LARRY BROWN, Denver Nuggets, 1974-75...8