April 29, 2009
Report: Nets retain Coach Lawrence Frank
Lawrence Frank will return next season to coach the NBA's New Jersey Nets, a team executive told the Bergen Record Wednesday.
Frank will be back despite New Jersey's failure to qualify for the NBA playoffs for the second year in a row.
I just want to be sure in my mind,team president Rod Thorn told the newspaper prior to a news conference to announce Frank will return.
Lawrence is a very good coach (and) I think the players understand that he knows what he's doing and they play hard for him.
Frank, a native of Teaneck, N.J., is owed $4.5 million next season.
He compiled a second straight 34-48 record, good for an 11th place finish in the Eastern Conference.
Thorn made no comment on which players would be back, including high-scoring guard Vince Carter and backcourt mate Devin Harris.