Thursday , Nov , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Frank-ly speaking: Nets sign head coach to extension

=== Frank-ly speaking: Nets sign head coach to extension ===

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets have signed head
coach Lawrence Frank to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal
were not revealed.

“We are very pleased that Lawrence has agreed to coach the Nets not only for
this year, but for the foreseeable future,” said Nets president Rod Thorn.
“Lawrence proved last season that he has the basketball acumen and work ethic
which defines quality professional coaches.”

Frank took over the job on an interim basis on January 26 when Byron Scott was
fired, then promptly set a major professional sports coaching record in North
America by winning his first 13 games.

The Nets were 25-15 after Frank took over and went on to capture the Atlantic
Division title before losing to eventual NBA champion Detroit in seven games
of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

In June, the Nets picked up Frank’s contract option before negotiating the
long-term deal announced Thursday — one day after the club opened the 2004-05
season with a 100-77 loss to the Miami Heat.

The roster has a new look this season with a knee injury that will keep point
guard Jason Kidd sidelined for awhile and the trades of power forward Kenyon
Martin and shooting guard Kerry Kittles.

“Although some of the names on the back of the jerseys have changed in recent
months, the front still says ‘Nets’ and we will continue to give the fans the
only style we know how to play, the unselfish, teammate-first brand of
basketball that characterizes the New Jersey Nets,” Frank said.

Frank, a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, was in his fourth season as a Nets
assistant when he was given the head coaching reins.

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

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