Frank Is History!

Frank Is History!

By: NBASCOUT / Special to

Frankly, it\’s over! The New Jersey Nets ended all speculation about Coach Lawrence Frank\’s future and officially relieved him of his coaching duties, effective this afternoon. Mercifully, the \’dangling in the wind\’ finally came to an abrupt end before the potentially record-tying 17th loss-in-a-row could stigmatize Mr. Frank any further, should it occur this evening.

It has been announced that Assistant coach Tom Barrise will assume the coaching duties tonight in Los Angeles. Beyond that it is unclear what interim or permanent arrangements for coaching the team will ensue from here on out. Reports are now circulating that suggest that Frank\’s interim successsor will likely be drawn from the ranks of the assistant coaching staff, but another report suggests that Rod Thorn\’s interviewed at least one outside candidate for an interim position only. Assistant Coaches John Loyer, Tom Barrise and Doug Overton are apparently in the mix, but is former Nets Assistant Brian Hill one of the outsiders? President Rod Thorn is to decide on these moves tomorrow.

Rumor also has it that the new, \”prospective owner,\” should he gain league approval, Mikhail Prokhorov, may wish to bring in his own coaching staff at some point. If that is the case, former CSKA Moscow Coach Ettore Messina, who led Mikhail Prokhorov\’s Russian team to two European titles, may be a distinct possibility, but by no means is he a certainty. It all remains to be seen. Stay tuned!*

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