Lawrence Frank, the New Jersey Nets’ career leader in coaching wins, agreed in principle to return to the club that’s now based in Brooklyn as an assistant to new coach Jason Kidd.
Frank was hired with Roy Rogers and Eric Hughes to join current assistant Doug Overton on the National Basketball Association team’s bench, the Nets said today in a news release.
“They collectively bring a wealth of NBA experience to our bench, both from a coach and player perspective,” Kidd, who retired following last season to take his first coaching job, said in the statement. “This combination will not only prove beneficial to me, but will be an invaluable asset to our players as well.”
Frank, who was fired as coach of the Detroit Pistons in April following a 29-53 campaign, coached the Nets for parts of seven seasons from 2004 to 2009, going 225-241 and leading them to the playoffs each season from 2004 to 2007. He was also an assistant under Byron Scott when the Nets reached the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
Rogers, a three-year NBA player, was an assistant with the Nets from 2008 to 2010. He had been with the Pistons from 2011 to 2013.
Hughes, an assistant coach at the University of California from 1991 to 1993 when Kidd played there, has been a member of the Toronto Raptors’ staff since the 2007-08 season. He was promoted to assistant coach in 2009.
Brooklyn went 49-33 last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Chicago Bulls. Yesterday, the team agreed in principle to acquire Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics in exchange for forward Gerald Wallace, four other players and first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, ESPN reported, citing unidentified people close to the process. The trade cannot become official until July 10.
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