Lawrence Frank made it known that he did not want to return to the Detroit Pistons if a contract option was not guaranteed. Well, doesn’t look like that will be an issue anymore as the second-year head coach is out of a job after being fired by Joe Dumars and the Pistons.
For the head coach that has never won more than 50 games in nine NBA seasons, the process of finding a new job won’t be easy. He likely will have to settle for an assistant coach stint or a possible head coaching position in college.
The head coach failed to meet expectations for a team that, at one time, was an elite NBA franchise and made the conference finals year after year.
For Frank, this comes as no surprise as he was reported saying earlier this week that it was just a matter of time, and that if the Pistons didn’t think he met expectations, they should find a new coach.
There’s no doubt that a 54-94 record in two seasons is below expectations, but he had little to work with. In the end, however, they will likely find a good coach to replace Frank and turn a young, immature team into a contender.
The pieces are there in Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, but they need a teacher to help them develop and mature into some of the NBA’s best, even after slumps like the one Knight is experiencing.
Overall this is a good move by the Pistons, and now they can look at hiring a coach of the future.