As pointed out by Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, two Pistons assistant coaches have experience with Lawrence Frank. As head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies, Brian Hill hired Frank as an assistant in 1997. Pat Sullivan assisted Frank with the Nets 2005-08. Via Ellis:
"I texted him when I heard and he said he got my message and that he’d be in touch," said Sullivan, who is hoping to be named to Frank’s staff.
"Lawrence’s biggest strength is probably his preparedness. The fact that he leaves no stone unturned. I think that’s probably the biggest thing for him. … He watches a lot of film. He’s a very good teacher. He’s a good communicator with the guys. I think those things are going to help him."
Sullivan have served as a Pistons assistant coach the last three years, a span in which Detroit went 96-150 and won no playoff game. Under Hill, who assisted John Kuester the last two seasons, the Pistons have fared even worse. Obviously, I’m not pinning all the Pistons’ problems on Hill and Sullivan. Maybe those two frequently disagreed with Kuester and, in Sullivan’s case, Michael Curry, too. Only those closer to the team can judge for certain.
On a personal level, I have a difficult time openly rooting for someone to get fired – especially guys like Sullivan, whose salaries doesn’t guarantee anywhere near the financial security a head coach receives. But, unless the Pistons can isolate Sullivan’s and Hill’s contributions and view them as positive, it might be time to make a clean break.