When the Pistons lose and we give Frank anything other than an F in our postgame grades, commenters get upset. When the Pistons lose big and we give Frank anything other than an F in our postgame grades, commenters go ballistic.
The same phenomenon doesn’t exist, at least not nearly on the same scale, when we give starting players good grades in losses.
Do people really believe Frank’s performance more closely correlates with the Pistons’ success than Greg Monroe’s, Brandon Knight’s, Kyle Singler’s Rodney Stuckey’s or any other key player’s? I just don’t think coaches are that important, at least not relative to the team’s minutes leaders, and I think most Pistons fans accept that – except for when it comes to blowout losses.
There seems to be an underlying belief that blowout losses are the fault of the head coach.
I believe blowouts happen for many different reasons, and I’ve seen no compelling evidence that coaches are more often to blame than other factors.
But if you believe blowouts reflect on the coach, Frank grades poorly.
Defining a blowout is arbitrary, so I’ll show you 10-point, 15-point and 20-point losses. By any of those three measures, the Pistons have been blown out more often under Frank than their winning percentage suggests they would be.
The New Jersey Nets under Frank were also blown out more often than their record suggests.
These bad losses might mean Frank is a terrible coach. They might not. There are so many other uncontrolled variables that I wouldn’t make any definitive conclusions. But, as the evidence mounts against Frank, add this to the pile, even if it alone doesn’t make the case.
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