Wednesday , Apr , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Frank to remain with Nets

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – New Jersey Nets interim coach Lawrence
Frank has done such an admirable job this year that the team will reportedly
bring him back for the upcoming season.

According to the online version of the New York Daily News, the Nets
will relinquish Frank’s interim tag and begin contract negotiations after
the playoffs.

New Jersey also holds an option until June 30 to bring back Frank for the
2004-05 season.

The 33-year-old Frank took over for Byron Scott, who was fired in January, and
guided the Nets to an Atlantic Division title and a No. 2 seed in the Eastern
Conference playoffs.

New Jersey closes the regular season on Wednesday night at Miami. The NBA
playoffs start Saturday and New Jersey will open the post-season by hosting
either New York or New Orleans.

Frank set a record for major professional sports in North America by starting
his coaching career 13-0 when he replaced Scott on January 26. Frank, who
joined Scott’s coaching staff during the 2000-01 season, was in the midst of
his fourth year as a New Jersey assistant coach.

Before landing a assistant job with the Nets, Frank spent three seasons as an
assistant coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies under Brain Hill. His major
responsibilities included scouting upcoming opponents as well as handling
practice and bench coaching duties.

Prior to joining Vancouver, Frank served as an assistant coach at the
University of Tennessee for three seasons under Head Coach Kevin O’Neill.
O’Neill is currently the head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Ironically that
was not the first time that Frank and O’Neill have worked together. Frank
first worked with O’Neill as a staff assistant at Marquette back in 1992.

Frank, a 1992 graduate from Indiana University, gained his basketball
knowledge while serving as a manager for the Hoosier basketball team. A team
that was led by legendary head coach Bobby Knight.

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