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Lawrence Frank steps back into the coaching realm with the Boston Celtics

Jul 16, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

Prior to his hiring as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau’s influence was rumored to be the stuff of legend. He was the architect of the NBA’s best defense. A coaching mastermind, waiting in the wings. I heard he once made Kendrick Perkins smile and made Kevin Garnett cry. His pedigree as a defensive coach is undeniable, and he’s supposedly as intense as any coach in the league.

His departure leaves some pretty huge shoes to fill, but Doc Rivers and the Celtics have gotten off to a good start in finding a very suitable replacement. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have hired former Nets head coach Lawrence Frank to step in as Rivers’ top assistant.

Frank is a basketball coach, which is rarer in these ranks than it should be. Securing a coaching gig has become an incredibly political process, and guys like Frank — hard-working, well-schooled, versed in the game’s more detailed mechanics — are often the victims of the NBA Good Ol’ Boys’ Club. Not here. Rivers was looking for a top-notch coach to help him lead his staff, and that’s exactly what he got with Lawrence Frank.

  1. crafticake - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Frank is/was one of the worst coaches in the NBA. Just terrible. Watching him screw up a team that had Kidd, Carter and Jefferson was like watching a train wreck 82 times a season. Maybe he’ll improve under Doc. (Not holding my breath.)

  2. crafticake - Jul 16, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    And, by the way, “Rivers was looking for a top-notch coach to help him lead his staff, and that’s exactly what he got with Lawrence Frank.” How exactly are we measuring this description of top-notch? By whatever measurement was used, I could be a hall-of-fame coach.

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