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07-21-2011, 06:15 PM
The Detroit Pistons have chosen Lawrence Frank to be their new head coach, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.

The Pistons have selected Frank over former Detroit assistant Mike Woodson, with sources telling ESPN.com that the decision signals the growing influence in the organization of former New York Knicks executive Dave Checketts.

Yahoo! Sports first reported that Frank's hiring is imminent. The Associated Press reported that Frank will have a formal contract offer from Detroit within the next two days.

ESPN.com reported last week that the Pistons had narrowed their search down to Frank and Woodson and that Frank had made a strong impression on the Pistons' new ownership. That nudged the Boston Celtics assistant coach ahead of Woodson, who sources said was the preferred choice of longtime Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.

As ESPN.com reported last month, Checketts was installed as a team consultant by Pistons owner Tom Gores when Gores finally completed his purchase of the team. Strong meetings with Gores and Checketts, sources said, enabled Frank to win out over a field that also included three assistant coaches with no NBA head-coaching experience (Kelvin Sampson, Bill Laimbeer and Patrick Ewing).

Since the search began after the long-anticipated firing of John Kuester on June 5, Woodson was widely considered the favorite for the post in NBA coaching circles, thanks largely to Woodson's good working relationship with Dumars and the fact that Detroit would know exactly what it's getting after Woodson's work under Larry Brown during the Pistons' 2004 title run.

But Frank has apparently convinced the Pistons that a season working under Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers enhanced his ability to relate to players, which is a priority in Detroit after two seasons filled with locker-room tension during Kuester's reign and similar strained player-coach relations during the brief stint of Kuester predecessor Michael Curry.

Dumars continues to serve as Detroit's lead basketball decision-maker, with Gores announced when he officially took control of the franchise that "we're going to lean on (Dumars) pretty heavily."

But the hiring of Frank is another indication that Checketts' voice is also being heard. Sources said that the decision to interview Ewing, an Orlando Magic assistant, likewise originated with Checketts.

Frank was 225-241 in parts of seven seasons coaching the New Jersey Nets before joining Rivers' staff in Boston this past season, replacing Tom Thibodeau, who was hired to coach the Chicago Bulls.

Woodson, who interviewed for Minnesota's coaching vacancy earlier this week, elected to take the Atlanta Hawks' job before Brown's final season in Detroit instead of waiting to see how long it would take to inherit the job from Brown. He posted a record of 206-286 in six seasons in Atlanta, advancing to the second round of the playoffs twice.

Checketts' consulting and investment firm for sports teams, SCP Worldwide, currently owns Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer and is trying to sell the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

07-21-2011, 06:18 PM
I like it. Hes a defensive minded coach. Should be 1000x better than Kuester.

07-21-2011, 06:19 PM
I'm mad about this as a Celtics fan but it should help the Pistons.

chicago lulz
07-21-2011, 06:21 PM
Can someone explain this guy's strengths and weaknesses? I only ask because I remember the Bulls were "interested" in him.

Assuming you are a Celtics fan, was his assistant-coaching evident during Celtics games?

Edit: Nevermind...defensive minded.

07-21-2011, 06:25 PM
Ehh... Never been a fan of Larry Frank, but it's definitely an upgrade over Kuester.

07-21-2011, 06:33 PM
Good hire, Frank won't be afraid to get in his players faces & instill some hierarchy within that team.

07-21-2011, 06:37 PM
def a better coach than Kuester.

07-21-2011, 06:40 PM
He wasn't my first choice, but he wasn't my last either. Anyone but Kuester works for me.

07-21-2011, 06:47 PM
Hopefully we hire Laimbeer as an assistant.

07-21-2011, 06:51 PM
i'm still upset that the nets fired him :pity:

07-21-2011, 06:56 PM
Pistons are making some good moves this offseason. First drafting Knight, now hiring Frank. They look to be headed in a good direction they just need to clean up some bad contracts and they should have a bright future.

07-21-2011, 06:58 PM
a defensive minded coach for a team with ALOT of offensive players. should be interesting.

07-21-2011, 07:00 PM
Solid hire...experienced and defensive minded!

07-21-2011, 07:44 PM
Lawrence Frank was the worst coach in the NBA, I really hated the guy.

07-21-2011, 07:48 PM
He will be good for the Pistons. I still wish The Knicks scooped him up somehow.

07-21-2011, 09:41 PM
Lawrence Frank was the worst coach in the NBA, I really hated the guy.

Lawrence Frank wasn't a bad coach, the Nets were just really crap those last years with him because they traded away all the good players.