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Lawrence Frank out as lead assistant over "differences of opinion"

Andy Lyons

Lawrence Frank who signed the most lucrative assistant coaching contract in NBA history has been "reassigned" within the Nets organization after he and Jason Kidd had "differences of opinion" on basketball-related issues. Frank will file "daily reports" on the team, but will not be on the bench or at practice.

Frank who is owed more than $6 million over six years --and had the promise of a front office job down the road, say sources-- was brought back by the Nets this year to provide help to rookie coach Kidd. But as Frank Isola of the Daily News first reported, the two long-time friends had experienced increasing friction as the Nets disappointing season worsened.  Marc Stein reports it was about who was in charge.

An emotional Kidd announced the news this afternoon, citing "philosophical differences." Joe Prunty, the Nets assistant who filled in for Kidd during his DUI suspension --and beat the Heat in his second game-- will take Frank's seat on the bench, Stein adds. Stein said the Nets will not replace Frank with another assistant.

Kidd dismissed the need to replace Frank as "defensive coordinator."  "It's just different philosophies," Kidd said of his decision. "That's all. ... We'll figure out how to stop people."

Adrian Wojnarowski in a series of tweets --and a story on Yahoo! Sports-- Tuesday evening laid out some details, including a blow-up between the two on November 4, after a blowout loss to the Magic.

Kidd had made hiring Frank part of his deal and pushed for the long-term contract, said sources. "It was a package deal from day one," said one league source.

Kidd said the decision to "reassign" Frank was "my decision" and was about "basketball." Many players didn't know about the move until just before it was announced. Mike Mazzeo had the first comment from a player, Shaun Livingston...

In San Francisco, Mark Jackson had some strong words on the Kidd - Frank divorce, saying it's about the head coach's philosophy.

"I don’t know what happened. I do see the reports of a difference in philosophies. If that’s true, that’s trash, to me. Because there’s one philosophy, and that’s the head coach. . . . You win, it’s Jason Kidd. You lose, it’s Jason Kidd. When you talk about a difference in philosophy, that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. That staff should have the same philosophy as Jason Kidd, win, lose or draw."

Frank coached Kidd with the Nets  before getting fired in 2009 after an 0-16 and after a successful stint as an assistant with Doc Rivers in Boston was named head coach in Detroit two years ago. He was fired from that job last season.  Frank received a seven-figure buyout when he left Detroit.

The question now is how much of this turmoil --and the losing-- is going to affect the team going forward. It can't help.

  • Jason Kidd's relationship with top assistant deterioriated after heated staff meeting - Adrian Wojnarowski - Yahoo! Sports
  • Kidd on Frank's reassignment (Video) Kidd on Frank's reassignment (Video)- YES Network
  • Frank No Longer Kidd’s Top Assistant With Nets - Andrew Keh - New York Times
  • Nets shake up coaching staff, demote Lawrence Frank - AP
  • Jason Kidd shakes things up, removes Lawrence Frank from Nets bench - Rod Boone - Newsday
  • Lawrence Frank Is Latest to Fall From Nets Bench - Alex Raskin - Wall Street Journal
  • Nets assistant Lawrence Frank booted from Kidd’s bench - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
  • Safety net removed, now it’s all on Nets’ neophyte Kidd - Mike Vaccaro - New York Post
  • In Defense Of Kidd’s Reassignment Of Lawrence Frank - Steve Lichtenstein - WFAN
  • Sources: Kidd, Frank had 'friction' - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
  • Nets shake up coaching staff, demote Lawrence Frank - Andy Vasquez - The Record
  • Jason Kidd announces Lawrence Frank has been re-assigned, will not be on Nets bench or at practices - New York Daily News
  • Jason Kidd should know Lawrence Frank is not Brooklyn Nets problem - Filip Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Jason Kidd demotes lead assistant Lawrence Frank, no longer on bench - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
  • Ruthless, Desperate Kidd Demotes Mentor - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
  • After 5-12 Start, Nets "Reassign" Lawrence Frank - Moke Hamilton - SNY Nets
  • Clash of styles, philosophies drove Nets coaching shuffle - Chris Mannix - Sports Illustrated
  • Nets coach Jason Kidd removes assistant Lawrence Frank from bench - Ben Golliver - Sports Illustrated
  • Nets "reassign" assistant coach Lawrence Frank, he will not be on bench with Kidd - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
  • Nets remove assistant Lawrence Frank from bench - Larry Fleisher - Metro
  • Bizarre season continues in Brooklyn as Frank exits - Gregory Hrinya - Examiner