Pistons Reportedly Hire Lawrence Frank As Head Coach

The Detroit Pistons have reportedly decided to hire Lawrence Frank as their next head coach.

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Pistons Reportedly Hire Lawrence Frank As Head Coach

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement with Lawrence Frank for their head coaching job. Last week it came out that Frank was chosen to be the Pistons' next head coach, and now it appears the deal is finally done.

Frank's contract is for three years. Per Wojnarowski, it includes a team option for the fourth year. After the last two coaching hires struggled so much and abruptly had their tenures ended after only two seasons, the hope is Frank will do a good enough job to reach the option year.

Wojnarowski says Frank was the favorite from the very start of the search for John Kuester's replacement. There has been some talk in the past that Joe Dumars favored Mike Woodson and ownership favored Frank, but Wojnarowski says that wasn't the case.

From start of interview process, Frank was clearly Joe Dumars' choice to replace John Kuester. Ownership agreed. No close second in process.

If everybody was on the same page and Frank was clearly the man for the job, I'm not so sure why it took until the end of July for him to be hired. Regardless, he is now set to take over the Pistons and lead the franchise forward once the lockout ends.


Lawrence Frank Chosen As Detroit Pistons Head Coach, According To Yahoo!

The Detroit Pistons have taken their time choosing the team's next head coach, but it seems the end is finally near. Lawrence Frank will be formally offered the position within the next 36 hours according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Frank has been an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics since being fired by the New Jersey Nets during the 2009-10 season, but the 40-year-old has been a head coaching candidate for the past two offseasons. If Wojnarowski is correct in his report, it would mean that Frank has beat out former Larry Brown assistant -- and rumored Pistons favorite -- Mike Woodson in taking the head job with Detroit.

Frank began his NBA head coaching career by going 13-0 after taking over midseason for Byron Scott, setting a record for most consecutive wins to start a coaching career in the NBA.

Frank first interviewed with the Pistons on June 16. Aside from Frank, the Pistons also interviewed Bill Laimbeer, Patrick Ewing, Kelvin Sampson and Woodson.


Detroit Pistons Bring Back Mike Woodson For Second Interview In Head Coaching Search

The Detroit Pistons seem to be narrowing down their head coaching search. Without a timetable in place, however, it isn’t clear quite how long it will take to find John Kuester’s replacement.

The Pistons will begin their second round of interviews with prospective candidates on Thursday by bring in Mike Woodson, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Woodson last coached in NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, leading them to a 206-286 record over five seasons — including three playoff appearances — before being let following the 2009-10 season. The 53-year-old was out of coaching this past season.

Woodson has been considered the front-runner for the head coaching job since it opened, but Patrick Ewing, Bill Laimbeer, Kelvin Sampson and Lawrence Frank have also interviewed for the position over the course of the past month.

Before being hired as the Hawks head coach, Woodson spent five seasons as an assistant split between the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphisa 76ers and Pistons. In his one season in Detroit, as an assistant under Larry Brown during the 2003-04 season, the Pistons won the NBA Championship.


Patrick Ewing Interviewed With Detroit Pistons For Head Coach Position

The Detroit Pistons have taken their time to fill the head coaching vacancy left by John Kuester, and appear that they will continue to do so after deciding to add another candidate this week rather than narrow the search as most teams might consider at this time of the year.

Patrick Ewing apparently met with the Pistons this week, according to NBA.com’s David Alrdidge. Ewing has most recently been the big man coach for Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.

Ewing, a Hall of Fame player, has been looking for an opportunity to move into a head coaching role for a few seasons now.

“It’s disappointing that I haven’t moved to the next step to get a head coaching job, but all I can do is keep going and move on,” Ewing told reporters last month.

Along with Ewing, the Pistons have also interviewed Bill Laimbeer, Lawrence Frank, Kelvin Sampson and Mike Woodson. Aldridge reports that each has interviewed once with team president Joe Dumars. It is not known if second interviews will be conducted with the Pistons’ new majority owner, Tom Gores.


Detroit Pistons Interview Bill Laimbeer

The Detroit Pistons have interviewed former player and current Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Bill Laimbeer for their vacant head coaching job. The interview is believed to have happened on Wednesday, although Vince Goodwill's report for The Detroit News said it occurred on Tuesday.

Laimbeer is the fourth known candidate to interview for the Pistons job. Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, Milwaukee Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson and former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson previously interviewed for the job.

The Pistons are expected to make a decision about who their next head coach will be sometime after Thursday's NBA Draft. Frank could be the leader in the clubhouse, according to the New York Daily News.

Lawrence Frank is moving closer to getting the Detroit Pistons' head coaching position, according to league sources. 

All of the coaches that have been linked to this job have now been interviewed. I would imagine once the draft stuff winds down, Joe Dumars will make a decision about who should be hired.


Pistons Interview Mike Woodson, Lose Dwane Casey As Candidate

According to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News, the Detroit Pistons interviewed Mike Woodson on Monday for their vacant head coaching job. Woodson is a former head coach of the Atlanta Hawks and was an assistant for the Pistons when they won an NBA title in 2004.

Also according to Goodwill, Bill Laimbeer will interview with the Pistons on Wednesday. Laimbeer, of course, is a former Pistons player and former Detroit Shock head coach. Currently he is an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey was also expected to get an interview with the Pistons this week, but that won't be happening. The Dallas Morning News reports that Casey has taken the head coaching job with the Toronto Raptors, and the news could be officially announced Monday afternoon.

Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank was one of the top candidates for the Raptors job. He interviewed with the Pistons last week and reportedly blew the team away.


Detroit Pistons Interview Kelvin Sampson; Lawrence Frank The Favorite?

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports that Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson interviewed for the Detroit Pistons head coaching job on Friday. Sampson flew in on Thursday and officially interviewed for the job on Friday.

Earlier in the week Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank interviewed for the job with the Pistons, and the interview reportedly went quite well. The Toronto Sun reports that Frank "blew the Pistons away" during his interview and that he is becoming the "late-charging darkhorse in Detroit."

Frank was originally one of the top candidates for the Toronto Raptors job, but it appears that Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey is now the frontrunner. Casey is expected to interview with the Pistons in the next week, but if he lands the Raptors job an interview with Detroit obviously won't be necessary.

Minnesota Timberwolves assistant and former Piston Bill Laimbeer and former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson are also expected to interview with the Pistons sometime this week.


Pistons Interview Lawrence Frank, To Meet With Kelvin Sampson

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Detroit Pistons have interviewed Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank for their vacant head coaching job. Frank was mentioned as being one of the candidates as soon as the search began following John Kuester's firing, and Frank reportedly met with Pistons officials on Wednesday.

At some point this week, the Pistons are planning to interview Milwaukee Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson. Like Frank, Sampson was immediately mentioned as a candidate when Kuester was let go. Earlier this week the Pistons got permission to speak to Sampson, and his interview is coming up soon.

The other Pistons coaching candidate who has been mentioned as having interviewed for the job is ex-Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. Marc Stein said Woodson's interview already took place, but that report has been refuted by both Vincent Goodwill and Vincent Ellis. Woodson is expected to be interviewed at some point, but his meeting with Pistons officials has not taken place just yet, according to Goodwill and Ellis.

Other candidates that are expected to be interviewed by the Pistons at some point include Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Bill Laimbeer.

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