The Nets came into the season with low expectations and were picked to finish last in the division by many who do that type of thing for a living. Yet, they finished 2008 at 19-21, in playoff position, and with a star PG in the making with Devin Harris. Early season wins on the road were great but puzzling, and well-played wins against Atlanta, Phoenix, and Philadelphia gave the Nets reason to hope.
Pluses: A number of very well-coached games (especially vs. Atlanta and Toronto early in the season). The ability to win on the road. The Nets won more games this year than they did last year, when they had higher expectations. A lot of that was Frank's influence.
Lopez will become a star in the league, and Harris has developed into a go-to scoring option as point guard. And he was also able to get the most out of Carter by getting him to lead the young team he was on. Beat some playoff-bound teams with regularity.
Minuses: The team took too many horrible low-percentage shots, and didn't always finish off plays well. For every well-coached game, there was a horribly-coached game. Use of the clock was inconsistent. Sticking with Yi Jianlian too long as a starter when it was apparent he wasn't getting it done.
Inability to pull the trigger on rotation changes or in-game plans. Defense sometimes didn't show up. Lost to some really bad teams with regularity.
Summary: Believe it or not, L-Frank is the longest tenured coach in the Eastern Conference. Coaches change way too often in this league. Nets' owner Bruce Ratner and team leaders Harris and Carter have each given him a vote of confidence, but the $4 million due him in 2009-10 might keep him on the Nets more than anything else.
My opinion is that Frank deserves another shot with this team. Contrary to the way things usually work, if the team played less well, he might have kept his genius stripes a little longer. Chances are that the Nets are going to continue their rebuilding mode next year, so why ruin the continuity with a new coach?
Overall grade: C