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Pistons Hire Lawrence Frank

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:

  • Kelvin Sampson, Milwaukee: Former coach at Indiana, booted for recruiting violations, a thing nobody cares about in the NBA. Excellent defensive coach, particularly in transition.
  • Mike Malone, New Orleans: Ran the superlative defense in Cleveland until last year, when he dragged New Orleans from the middle of the pack to a top-five defense.
  • David Joerger, Memphis: Probably the greatest minor league coach ever, Joerger is a big reason for Memphis’s defensive uptick last season and through the playoffs.
  • Bill Laimbeer, Minnesota: Known insane person. But big on defensive toughness, and hey, it would make a fun story.

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.

  • I_Love_Green

    Son of a bitch stop stealing our guys!! Anyways, Joerger looks like a good option because he could work with our young guys, while integrating them into our defensive system.

  • Batman

    I love insane people give me Laimbeer

  • george more

    Doc & I will adjust, no problem. This was anticipated. We have begun the revision. We have every intention of another fantastic year, especially with the addition of our new Center & G. Shades of “RED”.

  • Jay P

    I'm fairly certain that if Laimbeer was ever hired to work in Boston… the universe would implode.

    I mean I'm talking real wrath of god stuff, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA!

  • James Patrick

    Should've cut Larry loose the moment he started sniffing around for a new gig.

    You're either a Celtic, or you're not.

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