With Kevin Eastman promoted from assistant coach to vice president of basketball operations, that leaves a hole in Doc Rivers coaching staff and according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers have possibly found a suitor to fill the role in Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank.
The team will also be looking to hire another assistant coach, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Lawrence Frank, who was on Rivers’ staff as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics during the 2010-11 season, is being strongly considered for an assistant’s position with the Clippers, the executives said.
Since Lawrence Frank’s reassignment from assistant head coach after a blowup with first-year head coach Jason Kidd in which Kidd thought Frank was overstepping his boundaries as an assistant, little has been heard in regards to his future with the franchise, but if the Clippers are interested in Frank, it’s difficult to see the Nets budging unless money becomes an overwhelming issue–Frank has $4 million left on his contract over the next four years.
A Lawrence Frank hire makes sense for the Los Angeles Clippers. Following the poaching of Tom Thibodeau from Doc Rivers’ staff by the Chicago Bulls, Rivers reached out to Lawrence Frank to fill the void of assistant head coach. Like Thibodeau, Frank is known around the NBA as a defensive-minded coach, and while the Clippers finished 7th in defensive rating (h/t: NBA Stats) to finish the regular season, there is a lot of work to be done on that end if the Clippers want to leap in championship contention this year.
Following Frank’s lone season under Doc Rivers, he would next coach the Detroit Pistons. His time in the Motor City would be cut short after two lackluster seasons in which the team finished with a record of 54-94 over the given time span. From there, Frank would head to Brooklyn hoping to be Jason Kidd’s mentor as he worked himself into the coaching ranks soon after retiring from the NBA, but, as mentioned above, that failed to go as planned.
With Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue possibly out of the door also, whether that situation is Cleveland, Los Angeles, or Golden State, there’s a chance Frank won’t be the only assistant looked at around the league as the Clippers are steadily building in preparation of the 2013-14 NBA season.