AUBURN HILLS, Michigan– On Thursday, a day after the Pistons ended another disappointing season, Detroit Pistons GM Joe Dumars announced that coach Lawrence Frank will not be retained for next season, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The Pistons were 54-94 in his two seasons as head coach.
I’m torn on this decision. One one hand, Frank really didn’t get a fair shake. In his first season of the job, Frank had a short training camp and a short, condensed, 66 game season due to the lockout. This season, he had five rookies on the roster. He also had his starting small forward traded mid-season. He didn’t get a fair shot.
On the other hand, Detroit got off to a 4-20 start last season and they got off to an 0-8 start this season. His team lost many close games and blew many double-digit leads, the 17 point blown lead at home against the Chicago Bulls comes to mind.
His rotations were head scratchers. Will Bynum and Charlie Villanueva were in and out of the rotation. Then there was the Andre Drummond situation where it was clear that Drummond deserved more minutes, possibly starting over Jason Maxiell, and Frank didn’t really give him playing time in the early going.
Frank’s firing after only two years continues a disturbing trend of Pistons head coaches being gone very shortly. Rick Carlisle? Two years. Larry Brown? Two years. Flip Saunders? He lasted a little longer, three years. Michael Curry? He only lasted one year. John Kuester? Two terrible years. Now Frank.
So now the head coach search begins. It won’t be hard to bring in a new coach. This team has two future All-Star big men, Greg Monroe and Drummond, a young guard who has potential, Brandon Knight, and some new pieces due to Detroit’s cap space.
However, the security of the position will scare some head coaches. Tom Gores and Dumars better get to work.