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Doc Undergoing Throat Surgery, Lawrence Frank Gets Second Look in Houston

A few odds and ends on a dreary Tuesday here in Boston.

We’ll start with the news from Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald that Doc Rivers will be undergoing a minor throat surgery.

Doc Rivers will have surgery today to remove a non-cancerous growth from his throat, and he won’t be able to talk for two weeks.

“My wife will be the happiest person in the room about that,” the Celtics [team stats] coach said after arriving in Boston, now his professional home for at least another five years thanks to the $35 million contract extension he signed yesterday.”

Doc has had a history of throat problems, so glad to see this be taking care of, with hopefully no further issues. It’s also good news for Boston that Doc’s voice will be at full strength for when the free agency wooing begins in July.

The bad news for Doc is that he may have to search for a new top lieutenant for the second straight season, with Lawrence Frank pretty far along in the interview process down in Houston, according to Fox Sports. (h/t WEEI)

NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was in Houston Monday for a second round of interviews with Rockets officials as the team searches for a new head coach.

Frank was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 2003-04 through the first 16 games of the 2009-10 season.

He took the Nets to the playoffs during his first four years with the club.

Frank’s overall record with New Jersey is 225-241.

He is one of three finalists to become the Rockets next head coach.

The other two are Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey and former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Kevin McHale.

With Houston as just one of the many opening that Frank could be considered a candidate for, it’s safe to say Doc will need more help on the bench next year, especially since there will be no head opening in Boston for the foreseeable future to wait around for.

  • janos

    Thank you Bryan. Doc, feel better and quick recover. Then time focus make on next season!

  • I_Love_Green

    If Frank does leave, I think we should look for a more offensive minded assistant coach. Somebody that could draw up something out of a timeout when we're going through a drought to give us a bucket.

    • talesofJP

      Doc is pretty good drawing up defensive plays, the offensive problems are probably more on the players than the coaches.

      • Batman

        the offensive troubles are on the players not Doc

        • duggyfresh88

          agreed. I thought Doc was regarded as one of, if not the best coach at drawing up plays out of a timeout?

          • I_Love_Green

            I'm not putting any blame at all on Doc. And yes he is one of the best coaches at drawing plays up out of timeouts.

            What I'm saying is, if we get an offensive minded assistant coach, he can give us some plays to get easy buckets on our inevitable droughts.

          • talesofJP

            the droughts usually aren't happening when timeouts are called, its usually long periods of play where we miss multiple shots. Maybe the new assistant should tell Doc to take a time out during the droughts

  • Mark

    The offensive troubles are on everyone.

    • Morpheus

      Batman would not like that Rondo jab.

      • Batman

        Hey the Rondo Jab i called stupid was actually stupid

  • I_Love_Green

    Haha Perk picks up a tech within 2 minutes of the 1st quarter. Still the same man(:

  • I_Love_Green

    aww man Dirk just broke Paul's record of 21-21 fts. He's 22-22.

    • someguyinsac

      He did it in a big way 24-24.

      • I_Love_Green

        48 points. My goodness.

  • Batman


  • Morpheus

    Why can't KG go off like that every now and then.


  • knottydread

    maybe Doc should get someone with a Princeton degree and lots of NBA experience as a player to be his TOP assistant !!!!!!!!

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