The Detroit Pistons already saw oen head coaching candidate they interviewed take an assistant job when Kelvin Sampson joined Kevin McHale’s staff in Houston. Now, the New York Knicks are reportedly interested in Lawrence Frank to handle coaching the defense for Mike D’Antoni. From Newday’s Alan Hahn:
All eyes will be on what happens with the Pistons head coaching position, as the finalists appear to be Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank.
From what we’ve been hearing, D’Antoni personally likes Frank and there is a strong mutual interest there for many reasons.
First of all, whomever the Knicks hire would have to accept a one-year deal because D’Antoni is going into the final year of his contract and there is some uncertainty about his future. Frank, unlike most, would likely be amenable to accepting a one-year contract because it gives him the freedom to continue to look for head coaching jobs.
Frank might also prefer New York over returning to Boston for proximity reasons, as well, because he could be home full-time in New Jersey, where his wife and two daughters remained last season when he worked for the Celtics.
Although Hahn’s report suggests the Knicks will wait and see if Frank gets the Pistons job first, there might be some incentive for him to go to New York. As Hahn points out, it’s closer to his New Jersey home, but there are also questions as to how long D’Antoni will keep the New York head coaching job. An assistant like Frank who has head coaching experience would possibly be in line to take over if D’Antoni and the team part.