Doc Rivers will be looking for a new defensive coordinator now that Lawrence Frank has accepted the head coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. Marc Stein has the details over at ESPN:
The Pistons have selected Frank over former Detroit assistant Mike Woodson, with sources telling ESPN.com that the decision signals the growing influence in the organization of former New York Knicks executive Dave Checketts.
Yahoo! Sports first reported that Frank’s hiring is imminent. The Associated Press reported that Frank will have a formal contract offer from Detroit within the next two days.
ESPN.com reported last week that the Pistons had narrowed their search down to Frank and Woodson and that Frank had made a strong impression on the Pistons’ new ownership. That nudged the Boston Celtics assistant coach ahead of Woodson, who sources said was the preferred choice of longtime Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.
Last month, Hayes took a look at the possible candidates to replace Frank and came up with this list:
Sampson has since signed on to work under Kevin McHale in Houston and Malone under Mark Jackson in Golden State. Former Celtics’ adversary Laimbeer remains available, as does Joerger.
Whoever fills the Boston vacancy will inherit one of the NBA’s best defenses but will also be charged with integrating a number of new players into the C’s defensive system.