UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 4:45 pm EST by Adam Fromal
According to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, Frank is undergoing some legal counsel, possibly so that he can negotiate a buyout, one that would take him far away from the disaster that is this Brooklyn squad. It's the classic take-the-lifeboat-before-the-ship-completely-sinks move.
Or so it seems.
There's no official confirmation that the highly paid assistant coach will be negotiating this buyout, but the dots are there. And it's not hard to draw the lines between them.
For now, though?
As relayed by Bontemps, Kidd says, "He’s working. He’s giving his reports...so do I miss him? No. He’s doing his job and what I’ve asked him to do."
Stay tuned. This could get messier than a spilled drink on the sideline.
--End of update--
With head coach Jason Kidd removing top assistant Lawrence Frank from the bench, it appears the Brooklyn Nets' putrid start has claimed its first victim.
The Nets released the news via their official Twitter feed on Tuesday afternoon:
.@RealJasonKidd announces Lawrence Frank has been reassigned to doing daily reports & not doing practice. Won't be on the bench for games.— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 3, 2013
Apparently, Frank's "philosophies" didn't include staring blankly into space and deliberately spilling drinks on the sideline.
And since the Nets are everybody's favorite NBA punching bag this year, "snark" was the most common reactionary sentiment.
Netw3rk had a field day reminding everyone of Kidd's penchant for coach-killing as a player.
Breaking: Assistant coach Lawrence Frank "reassigned." Jason Kidd: "I just wanted to remember what it felt like to kill again."— netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 3, 2013
Some of the comments got a little dark, but by and large, they were good for a hearty chuckle.
*wipes bloody knife* RT @ChrisMannixSI: Jason Kidd says assistant coach Lawrence Frank has been reassigned. Cites "different philosophies."— netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 3, 2013
Nobody's crying for Frank, though. He had one of the best deals we've ever seen for an assistant coach. So as long as his new role doesn't include mopping the floors or selling $14 nachos at the Barclays Center concession stand, he'll be in good shape.
Assistant coach Lawrence Frank, who Nets "reassigned," has a 6-year deal that averages over $1 million a year. Breakup had been building.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 3, 2013
Then again, he might regret not taking the opportunity he passed up to join the Nets.
Nets recruited Frank hard to be part of Kidd's staff; paid him well. Frank could've joined Rivers' staff in LA, but stayed home in NY-area.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 3, 2013
Really, this wasn't hard to see coming. Frank is a hard-nosed, firmly established NBA coach with plenty of experience in the first seat on the bench. We'll learn more as details emerge about the rift between him and Kidd, but it's understandable that he would quickly get sick of doing the heavy lifting for an inexperienced coach like Kidd.
There were signs that trouble was brewing in November.
Kidd lost cool w/ Frank inside a coaching staff meeting in early November, league sources say, and partnership was soon doomed to this end.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 3, 2013
Plus, the ship in Brooklyn is sinking. Maybe Frank was partly responsible for the Nets' ugly beginning. After all, if he really was the coach most responsible for strategic decisions, Brooklyn's messy play doesn't stand as much of an endorsement.
But the common narrative is that Kidd isn't pulling his weight as a coach, so it seems more likely that Frank was just fed up with what he viewed as an untenable situation. Maybe he got a little too vocal about that and wound up with a demotion.
Either way, the Nets are "moving forward" without him on the bench.