Monday , Jun , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nets pick up option on Frank

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets Monday picked up
the contract option on head coach Lawrence Frank. As per club policy, terms of
the deal were not disclosed.

The 33-year-old Frank took over for Byron Scott, who was fired in January, and
guided the Nets to the Atlantic Division title. New Jersey fell in seven
games to the eventual NBA champion Detroit Pistons in seven games in the
conference semifinals.

Under the leadership of Frank, the Nets went 25-15 during the regular season.

Frank set a record for major professional sports in North America by starting
his coaching career 13-0 after 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 when he was appointed as the
team’s new general.

“Lawrence did an excellent job under very difficult circumstances,” said
Nets CEO Rod Thorn. “The team responded very well to his coaching.”

Before landing a assistant job with the Nets, Frank spent three seasons as an
assistant coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies under Brian 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. Frank, a 1992 graduate from Indiana University,
gained his basketball knowledge while working as a manager for the
Hoosier basketball team that was led by legendary head coach Bob Knight.