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Nets retain Coach Lawrence Frank

April 29, 2009

Lawrence Frank will return next season to coach the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, a team executive said Wednesday.

Frank will be back despite New Jersey’s failure to qualify for the NBA playoffs for the second year in a row.

If you get rid of a good coach, you’ve got to get a good coach, team President Rod Thorn said at a news conference. And in my mind he’s a good coach. He’s done a good job here. I think this past year we weren’t expected to do very well and we ended up doing better than most people expected us to. 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.


Source: upi



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