Brooklyn Nets: Lawrence Frank Status Unclear Due to Wife's Illness

By Ryan Heckman

Brooklyn Nets new head coach Jason Kidd said he interviewed a couple of potential candidates Tuesday to join his staff. Both Roy Rogers and former Nets coach Lawrence Frank were brought in regarding assistant coach positions and met with Kidd.

Before Kidd was offered the job by Brooklyn, it was assumed that Frank would be the very first person Kidd would hire to join him on the sideline. Frank has kept a great relationship with the recently retired point guard since Kidd played for him back when the Nets were stationed in New Jersey.

Kidd also helped lead the Nets to an NBA Finals appearance in back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003 when he had the likes of Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson as his wingmen. Frank was then an assistant for then head coach Byron Scott. Frank took over as head coach in 2004, relieving Scott.

Before Frank can make a final decision about taking the job with Kidd and the Nets, it has been reported that his wife has an undisclosed illness that may require Frank’s sole attention.

All indications point to Frank joining the staff if his wife’s health winds up under control, and boy would Kidd love that.

“I’ve always respected coach Frank,” Kidd said before throwing out the first pitch during Wednesday night’s New York Yankees game. “He’s the reason I’ve kind of publicly recruited him, because I really need him and want him. I guess I’m kind of that college recruiter right now, because he brings a lot to the table.

“He’s had success here, understands the good and bad and, so, again, I’m recruiting him to come join my staff.”

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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