After overseeing consecutive fourth-place finishes in the Eastern Conference Central Division, Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank has been fired.
Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
Story going online now: Pistons have notified Lawrence Frank that won't be retained as coach. Link on way momentarily4/18/2013, 5:47:41 PM
CBS Detroit's Matt Dery confirmed that the firing was official:
Matt Dery @DerySpeaks
OFFICIAL: #Pistons have fired Lawrence Frank4/18/2013, 6:17:51 PM
In a subsequent report, Stein documented Frank's comments in regard to the frequent inquiries about his job status, after the season-ending loss to the Brooklyn Nets:
Unfortunately, it's been too long a talk for too long...It's been going on for awhile, so it's not like this just jumped up and it's news flash.
Because you have to answer the question every day, it's something you do give some thought to.
Frank went 29-53 this past season and will finish his tenure two years short of fulfilling his four-year contract. As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports, Frank told Pistons owner Tom Gores that he shouldn't be retained for another season unless he was willing to guarantee the fourth-year team option.
Evidently Gores wasn't eager to do that, and thus the pink slip was given to the 42-year-old coach. After taking over the New Jersey Nets franchise on an interim basis in 2004, Frank guided the team to the playoffs that year and in each of his first three full seasons.
However, he has not enjoyed the same success since then, as the Pistons franchise continues to struggle. Detroit has not made the playoffs in the past three years and will be looking for yet another change of pace to revitalize the squad.
There is some promising young talent on the current roster, though, the most notable being 2012 first-round pick Andre Drummond and 2010 first-round pick Greg Monroe, who form a promising frontcourt for the future. Point guard Brandon Knight is also someone to keep an eye on.
Unfortunately for Frank, he could not get enough out of his Pistons team in 2012-13 to warrant another season in Detroit—much less the two he was pining for.