With the NBA locked out teams are still looking to add and remove coaches as they get ready for a season that night not even happen. Friday the Pistons named their new coach to fill their current vacancy.
The Detroit Pistons gave Lawrence Frank an offer to be their new head coach on Wednesday and Friday Frank returned the offer with a “Yes.” The Pistons are replacing Coach John Kuester who failed to get the Pistons back to the playoffs in both of his two seasons with the team. Kuester was 57-107 over two seasons as coach, but this last season was capped off with empty seats and only 30 wins.
Frank was assistant coach with the Boston Celtics last season replacing current Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Frank replaced Byron Scott in 2004 with the New Jersey Nets and went on a 13 game winning streak to start his coaching career. He started in January of 2004 and coached to November 2009 posting a record of 225-241 with an 18-20 playoff record. He was fired after the Nets missed the playoffs two straight seasons and started the season going 0-16.
This is the Pistons’ sixth coach in 11 seasons and had some other names on the list as well. They looked at hiring former Detroit Pistons’ legend Bill Laimbeer with New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing, Mike Woodson, and Kelvin Sampson. In the end the Pistons felt it was best to give 40-year-old Frank another shot at being a head coach.
The low point was probably Feb. 25 in Philadelphia. Seven players missed at least part of a team shootaround, and Kuester played only the remaining six that night in a blowout loss to the 76ers. Reports came out later that week that a few players organized a boycott of Kuester due to his poor handling of the team, but Kuester later denied that in an interview.
Detroit drafted some good players to help Frank start his new era in “D-Town” with Brandon Knight of Kentucky, Kyle Singler of Duke, and Vernon Macklin out of Florida State. They may be losing some key pieces when the season starts up like longtime Piston Tayshaun Prince who has only played for the Pistons, and Ben Wallace who started out, left and then came back to the Pistons.