Jason Kidd's Pitch to Brooklyn Nets: Lawrence Frank on Bench as Assistant Coach

By Paul Seaver
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On Sunday afternoon, the news and rumors emerged surrounding recently-retired NBA point guard Jason Kidd and his interest in the Brooklyn Nets‘ coaching vacancy.

According to early reports on Sunday, there was a legitimate mutual interest between the two sides and at this point, that’s the way it remains for the most part. However, another aspect of Kidd’s appeal to the Nets’ and their opening would be former head coach Lawrence Frank, according to ESPN‘s Marc Stein:

Frank was the head coach of the Nets when they were located in New Jersey from 2003 through 2009. He was fired just 16 games into that 2009-10 season after an 0-16 start. During his time in New Jersey however, Frank did lead the team to three conference semifinals, but nothing further than that.

Okay, so let’s get this straight — Brooklyn is going to consider bringing on Kidd, who retired from the NBA just a week ago, and his pitch to them is bringing on a former coach that has already once been fired from the organization? Interesting approach.

Now, nothing against either Kidd or Frank. Kidd can certainly someday be an excellent coach in the NBA someday, but the Nets would be making a mistake by bringing him in on the heels of his retirement. As for Frank, he surely could be a great addition to the Nets staff, but he shouldn’t exactly be a selling point, especially if this team is trying to win championships. Frank never took the Nets’ organization to that level during his time as the head coach.

It’s easy to understand and envision a staff of experienced coaches surrounding Kidd, but that still doesn’t change the fact that he has no experience on the bench.


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