Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank insists he will not be a candidate for the head basketball coaching job at Rutgers, although there’s plenty of speculation indicating he’s a candidate to replace controversial fired coach Mike Rice.
Frank’s family lives in New Jersey, close to Rutgers, so that would be a good fit for him. He missed several games to be with his ailing wife last month.
However, as he gets ready to complete his second season with the Pistons, Frank said he’s where he wants to be.
Considering the struggles the team has had, it’s easy to think he’d rather be going somewhere else.
It’s anyone’s guess what the Pistons will do at the end of the NBA season. On the one hand, they’re disappointed that the team hasn’t come any closer to the playoffs in the two years that Frank has been coaching. However, he seems to have a better rapport with players compared to his predecessor John Kuester. The Pistons might be tempted to see if Scott Skiles is available and go with him. General manager Joe Dumars realizes fans don’t expect a coach merry-go-round to solve the team’s problems. That’s why he might be tempted to keep Frank for another season.
Frank was upbeat about his team after a Wednesday loss to the Boston Celtics.
“You think about this road trip in itself, and we went 1-2, but we had a chance to win all three of them,” Frank said. “I know that’s what the losing team says, but we really did.”
It would get Pistons fans in the mood to welcome Frank back for a third season if they win a few more games before the season ends. There needs to be some type of hope for next season.