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aZekuiS
11-29-2009, 07:11 AM
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the Nets have decided to fire head coach Lawrence Frank early this week.
Frank led the franchise to an 0-16 record this season, one game shy of the NBA's all-time worst mark. He will coach the team Sunday against the Lakers, an ignominious end to his up-and-down tenure in New Jersey. The plan is for GM Kiki Vandeweghe to take over coaching duties, though veteran assistant John Loyer could get the job.

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aZekuiS
11-29-2009, 07:11 AM
According to a Yahoo! Sports report, the Nets have decided to fire head coach Lawrence Frank early this week.
Frank led the franchise to an 0-16 record this season, one game shy of the NBA's all-time worst mark. He will coach the team Sunday against the Lakers, an ignominious end to his up-and-down tenure in New Jersey. The plan is for GM Kiki Vandeweghe to take over coaching duties, though veteran assistant John Loyer could get the job.

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JJ_JKidd
11-29-2009, 07:13 AM
My goodness!!! The Nets management has awaken! :clap:

jimm120
11-29-2009, 07:45 AM
They should have just let him get to the first win at least...

but man, Frank was teh headcoach for a LONG time...

ZebraCity916
11-29-2009, 07:50 AM
It was bound to happen sooner or later.

zambo4president
11-29-2009, 08:01 AM
If the Nets don't get a top 3 pick...

magichatnumber9
11-29-2009, 08:06 AM
I thought he did a good job. The players just suck

ZebraCity916
11-29-2009, 08:30 AM
I thought he did a good job. The players just suck

There was a lot of injuries too.

todu82
11-29-2009, 08:37 AM
He was a good coach during his time there but 0 and 16 is 0 and 16 so I can see why they made the move.

thapharcyd
11-29-2009, 08:41 AM
Yep, bound to happen

JJ_JKidd
11-29-2009, 09:23 AM
My goodness!!! The Nets management has awaken! :clap:

jerseykidd88
11-29-2009, 11:18 AM
Yep my nets fired Frank who has been with the team for a minute and that comes to show you that in NBA they blame coach for everything except if you are Poppovich, Zen Jackson, or Jerry Sloan

Slimsim
11-29-2009, 11:23 AM
Lawrence Frank is a good coach. It's Not his fault that his team is in rebuilding mode.

randomness
11-29-2009, 11:30 AM
He was the Nets coach for such a long time.. too bad they're rebuilding.

#1Mavericksfan
11-29-2009, 11:37 AM
If the Nets don't get a top 3 pick...

Don't worry they whon't

Kakaroach
11-29-2009, 11:37 AM
Really? Their a horrible team and have been hit by injuries pretty bad. Could Frank have done better? Of course, but he's a pretty good coach, I'm surprised NJ did this.

*Superman*
11-29-2009, 11:45 AM
All part of getting the number 1 pick. Had to happen sooner or later.

Iodine
11-29-2009, 11:52 AM
And there goes the sacrificial lamb

*Superman*
11-29-2009, 11:54 AM
Lol pretty much. Took one for the team

dtmagnet
11-29-2009, 12:04 PM
Not Frank's fault but with this kind of start they need to do something to get the message to the players and fans that this won't be allowed to continue.

HouRealCoach
11-29-2009, 12:05 PM
I dont think he deserved it but one win wouldnt hurt

King P
11-29-2009, 12:15 PM
YES!!!!! FINALLY!!!! **** THAT MIDGET ******!!!
NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOODBYE!!!
:dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:
:dance2::dance2::dance2::dance2::dance2:

Netslunatic76
11-29-2009, 12:19 PM
Once players lose their faith in the coach, it's time to move on.

Netslunatic76
11-29-2009, 12:19 PM
You never wanna be happy about someone losing there job no one is over here cheering when you lost your job at Mcdonalds in the bronx son

No comparison. Frank is getting paid 4 mil this year not 20 grand.

Sly Guy
11-29-2009, 12:33 PM
looks like the nets have identified the limiting factor in their success. I smell championship

USMCLaker
11-29-2009, 01:47 PM
I can't help but wonder if this was done now because the front office felt like they had to do something to show that they are proactive and to terminate him right before he breaks the worst start ever record to spare Mr Frank from going down in the record books when they were just going to terminate him anyways.

theuuord
11-29-2009, 01:48 PM
again.

scapegoat.

USMCLaker
11-29-2009, 01:54 PM
again.

scapegoat.

Yea but its good that if they were going to fire him anyway that they fire him before his name is added to the record books in a bad way.

theuuord
11-29-2009, 01:55 PM
Yea but its good that if they were going to fire him anyway that they fire him before his name is added to the record books in a bad way.

um, i'm guessing they didn't fire him with that in mind.

kobebabe
11-29-2009, 01:58 PM
Yep my nets fired Frank who has been with the team for a minute and that comes to show you that in NBA they blame coach for everything except if you are Poppovich, Zen Jackson, or Jerry Sloan

It is sometimes unfair that the coach get all the blame coz sometimes the players just suck or are injured.
This reminds me of ex NOH coach B. Scott. One year he is the coach of the year, the next he barely makes it to playoffs and get his butts kicked and the next he is fired. Give guys some benefit of a doubt and change up players before firing them ( i mean some ...not all):facepalm:

kjoke
11-29-2009, 02:00 PM
its not ONLY his fault

Lakeshow86
11-29-2009, 02:04 PM
cant really blame frank. his team sucked to start with and then they all got hurt so they sucked even more.

kobebabe
11-29-2009, 02:05 PM
:speechless::badidea:
looks like the nets have identified the limiting factor in their success. I smell championship

USMCLaker
11-29-2009, 02:05 PM
um, i'm guessing they didn't fire him with that in mind.

Maybe, but then I would have to question their timing and why didn't they fire him sooner like the Hornets did.

theuuord
11-29-2009, 02:07 PM
Maybe, but then I would have to question their timing and why didn't they fire him sooner like the Hornets did.

I'm pretty sure they don't care what Frank's name looks like in the record books, because it's almost 100% likely that no matter what the Nets are still going to be in there.
Considering that he was there for 16 (probably 17) of the losses, his name will still be pretty prominent.

Fun tidbit: Lawrence Frank started his Nets coaching career 13-0. He's probably going to end it 0-17. I don't think there's anyone comparable.

USMCLaker
11-29-2009, 02:09 PM
I'm pretty sure they don't care what Frank's name looks like in the record books, because it's almost 100% likely that no matter what the Nets are still going to be in there.
Considering that he was there for 16 (probably 17) of the losses, his name will still be pretty prominent.

Fun tidbit: Lawrence Frank started his Nets coaching career 13-0. He's probably going to end it 0-17. I don't think there's anyone comparable.

Wow, ironic I guess the question now is does he get another gig this year?

Gambeezy
11-29-2009, 02:12 PM
Wow, first Byron, now Frank. Heads are rolling in the NBA this season.

bahama0811
11-29-2009, 02:15 PM
I just wonder why it took so long to fire him. I think it was pretty obvious that this team was going nowhere.

theuuord
11-29-2009, 02:16 PM
Wow, ironic I guess the question now is does he get another gig this year?

I hope he does personally. He's probably the hardest working coach in basketball. The guy never stops.

NYtilIdie
11-29-2009, 02:23 PM
Lawerance isn't a bad coach its just he's coaching a horrible team. When people don't blame the players the coach becomes the scapegoat just ask Byron Scott.

vash9
11-29-2009, 02:23 PM
i have a love and hate relationship for the guy. he was a coach for a long time, didn't get us a championship but gave us good views of the team. he can put up with a lot of crap and go out and coach like nothing is bothering him, etc. he goes out every night and gives it his all.

personally, being a Nets fan, i blame some players. Can't blame the coach for everything.

SaimoNETS
11-29-2009, 02:24 PM
i think maybe Harris had something to do with this.
it seemed like, from the day Frank benched him during the Celtics game that Harris stopped respecting him.

Young and Stupid
11-29-2009, 02:29 PM
i think maybe Harris had something to do with this.
it seemed like, from the day Frank benched him during the Celtics game that Harris stopped respecting him.

My thoughts exactly. First Kidd with Scott now Harris with Frank. Hopefully next year its LeBron with whoever the Nets hire.

mjt20mik
11-29-2009, 02:47 PM
Frank was a good coach. Sad to see this happen to him.

tr4shb0t
11-29-2009, 02:51 PM
poor guy has to coach against the Lakers for the first game. they should have waited till they get the record.

boms-4
11-29-2009, 02:54 PM
it was bound to happen sooner than later, guess when you go 0-16 you gotta make some changes

Mell413
11-29-2009, 02:55 PM
He's a good coach. He does not have much to work with and they have had injuries. That being said I guess I should not be surprised by this.

swagga81
11-29-2009, 03:11 PM
Kiki Vandeweghe should be the one to get the AXE not Frank

ko8e24
11-29-2009, 03:33 PM
that so weird

Allen Iverson's final game played (for the time being, I hope) was against the Lakers, and now Lawrence Frank's final game as head coach (of the Nets) is going to be against the Lakers.

ko8e24
11-29-2009, 03:34 PM
NVM, found this article

espn.go.com/nba

The New Jersey Nets have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

Frank will not coach the Nets in Sunday night's road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, when New Jersey will try to avoid matching the worst start in NBA history.

Sources said that the Nets -- mired at 0-16 after Friday's loss in Sacramento -- wanted to delay the widely anticipated coaching change until after the team returned from its four-game West Coast trip. Yet it appears that Nets management determined that it had to make the move before facing the Lakers after reports became more widespread that Frank's dismissal was imminent.

The Bergen (N.J.) Record and Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that Frank's firing was expected as early as Monday no matter the outcome Sunday against the Lakers. After New Jersey's first loss of the week Tuesday in Denver, ESPN.com quoted a source close to the situation as saying that Frank could not survive a winless trip.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

iggypop123
11-29-2009, 04:56 PM
damn i know they are an automatic loss to the lakers but give him some time

USMCLaker
11-30-2009, 03:18 AM
I just wonder why it took so long to fire him. I think it was pretty obvious that this team was going nowhere.

My thoughts exactly that's why I posed the question regarding the record books.

USMCLaker
11-30-2009, 03:23 AM
NVM, found this article

espn.go.com/nba

The New Jersey Nets have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.

Frank will not coach the Nets in Sunday night's road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, when New Jersey will try to avoid matching the worst start in NBA history.

Sources said that the Nets -- mired at 0-16 after Friday's loss in Sacramento -- wanted to delay the widely anticipated coaching change until after the team returned from its four-game West Coast trip. Yet it appears that Nets management determined that it had to make the move before facing the Lakers after reports became more widespread that Frank's dismissal was imminent.

The Bergen (N.J.) Record and Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that Frank's firing was expected as early as Monday no matter the outcome Sunday against the Lakers. After New Jersey's first loss of the week Tuesday in Denver, ESPN.com quoted a source close to the situation as saying that Frank could not survive a winless trip.

Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

"No matter the outcome Sunday against the Lakers"

Wow, I don't know what to make of that because you would think beating the World Champions would mean something and would give management pause for terminating the coach but I guess they already had their minds made up.

_KB24_
11-30-2009, 03:32 AM
He was a good coach. I find it ironic that he had one of the best starts in NBA coaching history right, now he has something else to tack on ;)

USMCLaker
11-30-2009, 03:45 AM
He was a good coach. I find it ironic that he had one of the best starts in NBA coaching history right, now he has something else to tack on ;)

Damn, your sig is uhh distracting....I would like to see how that movie ends.

WadeCounty
11-30-2009, 04:40 AM
Damn, your sig is uhh distracting....I would like to see how that movie ends.

I rather see what leads up to the climax and then some :P

Trouble87
11-30-2009, 06:31 AM
maybe the Celtics will hire him as a mascot... lil leprechaun lookin bastard

never liked him