Detroit Pistons Fire Lawrence Frank
After giving his own team an ultimatum – extend me or fire me – the Detroit Pistons opted to fire former head coach Lawrence Frank. Frank led the Pistons to a dismal 29-53 record and it became obvious during the season that the team had given up on their young head coach.
The Pistons haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2007-2008 and the glory days of Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Antonio McDyess have now quickly faded into the abyss.
After the Pistons fired former head coach John Kuester in 2011, Lawrence Frank knew that he was entering into a very precarious position. And just two seasons later, his fate has been sealed as well.
"Unfortunately, it's been too long a talk for too long," Frank said Wednesday night. "It's been going on for a while, so it's not like this just jumped up and it's news flash. Because you have to answer the question every day, it's something you do give some thought to."
Frank is on contract for $4 million next season with an option for another $4 million in two years, but the Pistons seem to be willing to take the financial loss in the hopes that a new head coach can fix their quickly falling franchise.