New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has reassigned Lawrence Frank, who will no longer will sit on the bench as lead assistant coach.
Frank, who has a 6-year deal that averages over $1 million a year, will be doing daily reports instead.
Sources say the relationship soured after assistant coach Joe Prunty was chosen as interim coach instead of Frank when Kidd served a two-game suspension to start the season.
The rift widened after a blowup between the two at the team facility after Kidd returned from the suspension.
Nets players are siding with Kidd and respect him. They also prefer to hear a single voice.
Kidd had allowed Frank to handle defensive duties, but the latter’s voice was often the loudest at practices. Players felt Frank was over-coaching earlier in the season.
“Just different philosophies,” Kidd said of the move. “That’s all. We’ll figure out how to stop people [on defense].”
The head coach of the Detroit Pistons for the previous two seasons, Frank was an assistant under Byron Scott with the New Jersey Nets when Kidd arrived in a trade in 2001. The Nets went to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
Frank replaced Scott and was Kidd’s coach from 2004 to 2008, ranking as the Nets’ all-time leader in victories.