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It’s Official, Frank to Pistons

Posted By Michael Johnson On Jul 31 2011 @ 1:05 am In Boston Celtics | 1 Comment

The Celtics now have a void at their lead assistant coaching position. Lawrence Frank has officially accepted the head coaching gig of the Detroit Pistons, a position he was previously expected to be a runner-up for. Frank, who helped anchor the Celtics defense after the departure of Tom Thibodeau now heads the helm for his 2nd NBA team.

Frank previously coached the New Jersey Nets from 2003-2010, accruing a record of 225-241 over a seven year span.  He also took the Nets to the playoffs on four separate occasions, going 18-20 in extracurricular basketball.

He was especially successful in succeeding Tom Thibodeau, widely regarded as one of the top head coaching prospects in the league two seasons ago. He sure lived up to the hype. In his first season, Thibodeau led the Chicago Bulls to a 62-20 record, the best in the NBA last year. The Celtics did not miss a beat under the tutelage of Frank, however, as their defensive tenacity was once again one of the league’s best.

After taking over the reins of the Nets from Byron Scott, Frank officially became the youngest coach in the history of the NBA. As with Thibodeau, Frank was expected to get a crack at head coaching again after his brief time with the Celtics. The Pistons, of course, are a team in disarray, and no one is expecting him to replicate what Thibodeau did last season with MVP Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. For the time being, I’m sure Frank is elated. He has a chance again to coach in the NBA – regardless of the circumstances that is a major accomplishment.

We of Celtics Nation congratulate him on this honor and wish him the best of luck in Detroit. But not too much luck.

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