Posted December 04, 2013

Report: Nets assistant Lawrence Frank retains counsel to work on buyout

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Jason Kidd’s first game without Lawrence Frank resulted in a 24-point loss. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank is retaining a lawyer in the attempts to negotiate a buyout from the team, reports Tim Bontemps and Fred Kerber of the New York Post.

Frank was reassigned by head coach Jason Kidd yesterday with Kidd saying that Frank would not be at practice or games and that he was going to submit daily reports in his new role with the team.

Frank reportedly has a six-year contract that pays him $1 million a season.

“I think [Frank] is still working, so there’s no disappointment,” Kidd said Wednesday. “So we move on.

“It’s part of the job. He’s working. He’s giving his reports. … So do I miss him? No. He’s doing his job and what I’ve asked him to do.”

In the first game without Frank on the bench, the Nets were routed by the Denver Nuggets, 111-87. The loss put the Nets at 5-13, which is good for 13th in the Eastern Conference.

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More from the New York Post:

Nets assistant coach Lawrence Frank is in the process of retaining “high-powered” legal counsel, presumably to settle a buyout with the franchise in the wake of being “re-assigned” by head coach Jason Kidd, a league source told The Post.

When the Nets hired Frank — a former head coach with the Nets, whom Kidd had publicly pursued to be one of his assistants after taking the job back in June — they gave him a six-year deal worth a total of roughly $6 million, according to league sources, making him the highest paid assistant coach in the NBA.


40 comments
dandogwood
dandogwood

Pay that midget elf Frank 1/3 of what he is owned. As Frank is 1/3 of a man.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

Frank started his coaching career like what - 19-2? Kidd starts his 3-15.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

Kidd's career as a coach is done.  No one will ever hire him again to be a coach after this debacle.  Couldn't have happened to a better person.  He's a scumbag.

Bucky182
Bucky182

At first I was excited to see Kidd as a head coach but what a circus this has become. Although they are aging there is some talent on that team. We need to remember guys like Kidd have huge egos and cannot be told their wrong. The only way this works is if Kidd gets a top assistant that can tell him he's wrong. Good luck with that.

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

Frank was stabbing Kidd in the back and got caught. Apparently he thought that if Kidd got canned then Frank would take over.

Whatever
Whatever

Kidd will be fired before the year is over. The GM should be too for hiring a guy with zero experience.

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

Give the guy a couple of million and say thanks.  It didn't work, it happens.  The teams sign guys all the time who end up at the end of bench, on disability or end in the D League.  Think the Bulls giving $17.6 million to Rose this year....  and there is Stoudimire and Kobe....

life_is_a_sport
life_is_a_sport

Something tells me Prokhorov doesn't understand or think highly of HR laws.

tootallgoof
tootallgoof

I wonder how much of this is Kidd falling on the sword for the whole organization.    The GM needs to take some blame and as does the owner as well.   Kidd is part of the problem but is is far from the whole problem.

Frank will find another job by at least next season if not this season. 

Jonathan T
Jonathan T

I would scrub the toilets for $1 million a year

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

Frank is already getting paid $3.7 Mill from Detroit, as if he was hurting for money anyway.  I think everybody in this situation wants to get as far away from each other as possible.  Nobody really knows what happened here but the ship is taking on water fast and the captain just told you to stand in the back holding rocks.

Crapahoola
Crapahoola

This is the wrong team Kidd should be coaching.  He should be coaching a team full of rookies who need to learn how to survive in the League, not a team full of veterans that he's barely older than.  Veterans aren't gonna give him the respect as a coach like a team full of rookies.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

Kidd is in way over his head. 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

What a soap opera.

I wonder how long Kidd will be allowed to keep making messes.  He's trying desperately to survive in a position for which he is neither qualified nor ready.  When this debacle is over, he'll be radioactive.

Enjoy your run, Kidd. (Couldn't resist.)  You probably won't get another chance anytime soon, if ever.

M20
M20

What a mess. This can't be good. Kidd needed someone established like Frank helping him out on the sideline.

jazynaz
jazynaz

what a horrendous disrespect to a well established (assistant) coach.  i'm sure his demotion had less to do with him than it did with kidd's ego.  i wonder how kidd's ego felt after getting his butt wiped in his first game without frank's expertise?  how is prokorov allowing kidd to go off all crazy like this with his $$$ (millions) burning in a heap right in front of his eyes?...you can't buy success in sports (chemistry), no matter how far into the luxury tax you go!

Thats a fact
Thats a fact

Jason Kidd just picking up where he left off last season  - an 0 for....

if the Nets had any brains they would put Kidd to watch film and let Frank actually coach the team


MikeKing
MikeKing

LOL at Kidd.  What a disgrace you really are.  You are awful and your team is not much better.  

otherworld
otherworld

Kidd is proving himself not only a bad coach but a poor manager. Frank is a fantastic coach with lots of wins under his belt. His actions prove that Kidd's either insecure or negligent in the way he "handled" this matter. You simply don't try to sweep an accomplished professional under the rug like this. This year in Brooklyn has all the makings of the Titanic voyage. 

P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

Lawrence Frank passed on being an assistant with Doc Rivers & the Clippers this season to be with Kidd & the Nets, this is how they repay him. 

Good for Frank to get out of there

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

Teams that win championships do not function like this.  If something is going on behind the scenes it stays there and never gets out to the public. As soon as there was a disagreement  either Frank should have been quietly allowed to leave for personal reasons and  bought out as a gesture of kindness for service or Kidd released due to poor team performance.  This team can bring in all the big stars and free agents they want but the organization dynamics will suffocate the team. Jason Kidd as a Pro Coach was/is a disaster unfolding right in front of us. Tell me, sports writers, that no one predicted this. 

dandogwood
dandogwood

Lawrence Frank is a midget elf half pint who does not belong in the NBA. Get Lawrence a seat in Santa's sleigh.

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

Jason Kidd is fired in 3.....2......1.......

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

And Kidd has 10x more talent than Frank had back then.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@BudPhyte  

...and maybe Kidd was so insufferable and brutal to work for that it was justified.  After all, it sounds as though Frank was running the team and Kidd was getting paid for it.

One1
One1

@DeanHewitt Yup and Frank gets 1mill to start or bench role? Ah he's a freaken coach, learn how to read before making silly comments.


Whatever
Whatever

@M20 And Kidd's ego likely wouldn't allow him to be corrected or receive input, so he has to get rid of the guy who knows more than he does.

Terry
Terry

@jazynaz 

Actually, that's what happens when you disrespect the head coach.

Franks shouldn't have been throwing him under the bus like he was.

He's lucky Kidd let him remain employed.

Any other boss would have fired him.

kj4027
kj4027

@otherworld Kidd was feeling the pressure because anyone that watches their games realizes that Frank basically runs the team. During timeouts Kidd mostly stands outside the huddle looking in as Frank draws up the plays. Kidd should have been an assistant. Great players usually make lousy coaches.

Whatever
Whatever

@PaulKelly Just like most other former high level players who become coaches without starting at the lower levels and working their way up, learning as they go. All players think they know better than their coaches, until they're the ones on the hot seat.

The real problem is that the NBA is run by the players, and the coaches have little control and less support from their own front offices. It's more like negotiation and day care than coaching.

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@PaulKelly I was pretty sure the Nets would be this year's version of last year's Lakers with injuries to older players and team chemistry/cohesion issues.


You can't just throw guy on a roster and expect them to instantly be able to anticipate each other.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

@kj4027 @otherworld If that's the case, then what business does Kidd have being a head coach if he can't do the Xs and Os himself? Name recognition and being a great player doesn't always make a good head coach. Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time, yet he is a horrible GM. If the Nets owner keeps Kidd past this season, he is nuts.