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Knicks, D’Antoni could turn to Frank for defensive help

Jul 18, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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Lawrence Frank coming to the rescue of the New York Knicks?

Maybe, if Mike D’Antoni gets his way. At least that’s the report.

The Knicks want — and need — an assistant coach to take over and be “defensive coordinator” and Frank did that job last season for the Boston Celtics (who had the second best defensive rating in the NBA). There is interest, according to Alan Hahn of Newsday.

From what we’ve been hearing, D’Antoni personally likes Frank and there is a strong mutual interest there for many reasons.

First of all, whomever the Knicks hire would have to accept a one-year deal because D’Antoni is going into the final year of his contract and there is some uncertainty about his future. Frank, unlike most, would likely be amenable to accepting a one-year contract because it gives him the freedom to continue to look for head coaching jobs.

Frank might also prefer New York over returning to Boston for proximity reasons, as well, because he could be home full-time in New Jersey, where his wife and two daughters remained last season when he worked for the Celtics.

What Frank really wants is a head coaching job. Reports are he really wowed new Pistons owner Tom Gores and is one of the finalists there (along with Mike Woodson, preferred by GM Joe Dumars).

But if Frank is not coaching the Pistons through a rebuilding process, maybe the Knicks are a fit. Or, he might just stay put in Boston to help that team make one more title run with their big four.

Basically, Lawrence Frank has plenty of options.

  1. chuckles1997 - Jul 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Oh man, FRANK?! Really? If Frank isn’t the worst coach in the NBA, he’s not missing it by much. His “schemes” in NJ were a joke and laughable to watch. He couldn’t coach his way out of a wet paper sack while holding a pair of scissors. Here was his “coaching” in NJ: “Okay, Kidd, you brings the ball up and get it to Richardson. Richardson you try to shoot. If you can’t, get the ball to Carter. Carter, you try to shoot. If you can’t, get the ball to Kidd… NO, DON’T JUST TRY TO GET FOULED! Anyway, Kidd, when you get the ball back, do it again. Oh, and you other two guys on the court, just flash the lane then get back to the wing and don’t get in Carter’s, Kidd’s or Jefferson’s way.”

    If D’Antoni needs someone for a defensive coach, my black-lab could do a WAY better job than Frank and would do it for kibble.

    Best line of the article, “What Frank really wants is a head coaching job.” Yeah, and what I’d really like is to win the lottery and be able to fly. While Frank has a better shot at actually getting what he wants, I have a better shot at being good at what I want if I were to actually get it.

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