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Nets “reassign” assistant coach Lawrence Frank, he will not be on bench with Kidd

Dec 3, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

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At NBA Summer League through games in Brooklyn at the start of this season, the coach voice you heard yelling out defenses and instructions was often assistant coach Lawrence Frank, not head coach Jason Kidd. When the Nets decided to go with the untested Kidd as coach they hired Frank (and paid him well) to be the experienced voice next to him on the bench.

That didn’t last long.

Kidd said Tuesday that Frank had been “reassigned” and would be doing daily reports for the organization, he will not be on the bench anymore, reports Howard Beck of Bleacher Report and other Nets reporters.

“it’s just different philosophies,” Kidd says. “That’s it.”

Is having a different philosophy from a 5-12 coach a bad thing?

There had been rumors of strong differences between the two for a while, and things had spiraled down following a Nov. 4 argument, reports Adrain Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

After Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd blistered top assistant Lawrence Frank in a staff meeting on Nov. 4, the partnership was irreparably damaged and ultimately spiraled to its end on Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Hours after a blowout loss to the Orlando Magic – Kidd’s first game on the bench following a two-game suspension to start the season – the entire coaching staff witnessed Kidd lose his temper with Frank and escalate a strangely uneasy and brief coaching partnership together.

Kidd was always a strong willed player who wanted to do things his way. Frank is a strong willed, opinionated coach who could drive players crazy with his micromanagement. Frank was brought in because of how he prepares but he and Kidd could not get along. Marc Stein of ESPN summed up the pro-Kidd spin well.

We’ll see what impact this has on the team, but it means a bigger role for Joe Prunty.

It’s an expensive decision for the Nets, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports noted.

  1. legend30 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Can’t blame him, he looked miserable every time I watched a Nets game. Don’t worry Nets… The Knicks are still worse.

    • zackd2 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      Knicks might be worse, but Nets are the bigger disappointment.

      • legend30 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        @zachd2

        Good point.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      It was probably because of all the chatter that Kidd does nothing and Frank draws up all the plays.

      Kidd put that to bed reaaal fast LOL

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      they should reassign the Nets to the D league.

      merry x-mas everybody!

  2. theromeo2k - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    This doesn’t sound good at all.

  3. timb12 - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    I don’t understand. I thought Kidd didn’t have much responsibility as a coach.

  4. mogogo1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Who signs an assistant to a 6-year contract?

  5. shadowshand - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    You got to be “kidding” me. Kidd doesn’t know how to coach or be a coach. He ought to be totally in bed with Frank to learn all he can. The Nets are a train wreck and will be so for years.

  6. theworkhorsebackdotcom - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Pretty sure most coaches would have a difference of philosophy when you plan to spill a drink to get more time. A good coach like Hollins, or maybe Patrick Ewing are not head coaches and Kidd is. Wow!

    • louderthanwords1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      What a horrible philosophy to have. Spill a drink and get a free timeout for your team with no penalties for your team but you pay 50 grand.

  7. metrocritical - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    With both the Nets and Pistons, Lawrence Frank has been at the helm for some of the worst starts and finishes in recent NBA history. While there may be some differences in philosophy between Kidd and Frank, there is some commonality, too: They both know how to torpedo a team’s chances coming out of the gate.

  8. zackd2 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Lol jason kidd
    Lol nets

  9. cruzan80 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    The Knicks will finish with a better record by seasons end.

    • david0303 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      no one cares who is going to be the best of the worst

  10. antelope850 - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Nets need to get Williams, AK47 and Lopez healthy and on the floor at the same time for a stretch before its officially a train wreck.

    • raidmagic - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      No, it’s officially a train wreck now. Getting those guys back will just help clean up the mess

  11. genericcommenter - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I’m surprised that an assistant coach would sign such a long contract, no matter how lucrative. I guess some guys are like Hollins and other guys never care to get back in charge.

  12. ravenswhat - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    There’s no way Kidd makes it through the year. He’s awful. Frank probably asked him wtf he was trying to do out there and insecure Kidd cried to the boss. What a circus.

    Having fun Garnett & Pierce?

    • shadowshand - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      “Frank probably asked him wtf he was trying to do out there and …” Kidd didn’t even understand the question.

  13. somekat - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    I really don’t care much about this story, after all, tweaks to the coaching staff of that Nets team are warranted, not surprising

    But am I the only on that find an assistant coach with a 6 year deal over a mil per odd? 6 years….really?

  14. teedraper - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Good move for Kidd!

  15. kavika6 - Dec 4, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Soon people are going to forget what a good player Kidd was in his younger days and only remember what a disgraceful trainwreck of a coach he was.

    • spursareold - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Isaiah Thomas syndrome. He started as a bad coach and transitioned to being a horrible GM. Along the way, he made bad business decisions like buying the old Continental Basketball Association, and trying to armtwist the NBA into using it as their feeder system. Stern didn’t take kindly to that, and started the dleague, putting the CBA out of business.

  16. abchome - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    And Brian Shaw has the Nuggets rolling after a slow start.

  17. fruitcovejag - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    You need all the help you can get Jason!

  18. metalhead65 - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Frank is laughing all the way to the bank. a million bucks to write daily reports that will take him less than 5 min. to write. the teams sucks and you suck massively as a coach.

  19. pfic15 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    This team was built 7 years too late. I didn’t think it would be this bad though…

  20. patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    kidd has about much power as the queen of england does in her contry. just a franchise figurehead

  21. coolrelaxx - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Now what j Kidd… The first sight of losing and you demote a guy… What should they do to you?

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