Lawrence Frank's Nets Background Is Perfect for Jason Kidd's Coaching Staff

Ethan GrantAnalyst IJune 14, 2013

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The Brooklyn Nets made a bold move by hiring former franchise star Jason Kidd as their new head coach this week, a move that marks just the third time since the NBA-ABA merger that a player has taken over a team directly after his last season in the league. 

A move to bring former head coach Lawrence Frank back in an assistant coaching role could help to bridge the gap for Kidd, as he takes over one of the most talented rosters in the league.

This would be a great complimentary move to kickstart this new era of Brooklyn ball. 

Kidd was officially confirmed as the franchise's new head coach on Wednesday night, as reported by, and his first role of business in Brooklyn will be filling out a new staff. 

Frank's name has been mentioned as a potential complement to the Nets' new head coach, and one that makes a lot of sense if you remember how Frank led the Nets to a consistent run of success in the mid-2000s. 

Marc Stein was one of the first to note that Frank's name had come up in general manager Billy King and Kidd's selection process earlier in the week:

Element of Jason Kidd's pitch to Nets, I'm told, is Lawrence Frank joining him on bench, giving Nets assistant w/HC experience they demand

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 10, 2013

Kidd himself perpetuated the rumor on Thursday (via Brooklyn Nets on Twitter):

. @RealJasonKidd: a lot of people have speculated about [Lawrence Frank], and he would be a great candidate to assist me. #HELLOJKIDD

— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) June 13, 2013

He did the same thing on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show, stating again that Frank would be an excellent candidate and that the offer has already been extended—now it's just up to Frank to accept the invitation. 

Here's an excerpt from's Mike Mazzeo on the Frank-to-Brooklyn story:

"There's a lot of people that have come out publicly saying that I need to get a seasoned staff, and that's what I'm looking at, people who maybe have been head coaches in this league or have been assistants and understand what it take to have some success so I can learn on the job...One of those candidates is Lawrence Frank...we get along well, I trust him and I think he understands what it takes to have some success in this league."

Bringing in Frank would not only help to ease concerns about Kidd's lack of experience with a team expected to be an Eastern Conference contender, it would also bring a noted name back to the Nets that Kidd obviously has some rapport with. 

Let's not kid ourselves, though—Frank hasn't quite oozed success as a head coach. 

After two failed seasons in Detroit, which led to his termination this offseason, Frank now has a career record of 279-335, well under the .500 mark that we define general success by in the NBA. 

Although he made the playoffs in each of his first four seasons at the helm, Frank didn't take New Jersey past the conference semifinals with the remnants of the team that made the NBA Finals twice in the earlier part of the decade. 

In three out of those four seasons, Miami lost to the team that would eventually represent the East in the NBA Finals. 

Frank hasn't taken a team to the playoffs since the 2006-07 season, and that includes an embarrassing 0-16 mark to start the 2009-10 regular season, which ultimately led to his dismissal before the end of the calendar year. 

But we're not talking about Frank as a head coach, we're talking about him as an assistant. The same guy who has already praised Kidd for his role as a former player within the Nets' organization earlier this offseason (via Bruce Beck of WNBC TV in New York):

Lawrence Frank talks Jason Kidd @NBCNewYork 4 at 6 - "he changed the whole culture of the organization!"

— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) June 3, 2013

Frank makes his offseason home in New Jersey, and he's done enough in his coaching career to continue to attract the eye of suitors in other organizations. Boston hired him as an assistant following his dismissal from New Jersey, and Detroit deemed him worthy of coaching its young collection of talent the past two seasons. 

When it boils down to it, this is a win-win for the franchise if Frank does decide to accept. There's no shame in him turning down the offer, as an ESPN report states that his wife is going through some medical issues, but if he can find the time to coach and be regionally located to that care and treatment, no one in Brooklyn should be disappointed. 

No one blames an assistant coach for a team's shortcomings—check around the league and get back to me if that ever does become the case. 

This is now Kidd's team, and his decisions on the court are ultimately going to be criticized after a win or loss next season, but Frank and Kidd have a history of success together.

Frank and Kidd did some serious damage together in their player-coach days, now it might be time the student becomes the master as both work together to build something great in a franchise they both lay claim to. 

With a little more help from that master, that is. 


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