Lawrence Frank, if he chooses, deserves privacy while he’s absent from the team. Frank is a public figure, but his position – especially given his reputation for having a tireless work ethic – doesn’t require any more disclosure than saying he’s dealing with a personal matter.
But because we know a little bit more than that, I’m going to share it. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:
The team doesn’t have any timetable for when Frank will return.
"I don’t know the exact condition status of his wife, Susan ; it’s something they’re trying to do the best they can with," Hill said. "She’s been sick for a while, but as to when he’s coming back, I don’t have any inclination."
My thoughts certainly go out to Frank and his family. No matter what you think of his coaching ability, he always comes across as a standup guy, and really, that shouldn’t matter. I don’t wish ill will on even Bill Belichick’s family.
Back to issues relevant to the Pistons. We know, whatever Frank is going through, he can at least advise acting coach Brian Hill. Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:
Hill spoke to Frank after the game and filled him in on the ups and downs of the night with the Knicks.
“I went through the game with him, pretty much quarter by quarter,” Hill said. “I just talked about the effort that our guys gave. I thought they gave us an excellent effort and I said the guys played a lot of minutes. I didn’t play Kim (English) and Khris (Middleton). If we have the same numbers tomorrow night, I might need to play those guys just to spell guys a couple of minutes each half. Otherwise, we just talked about the game and everybody’s effort during the course of the game.”
“It’s nice to be back in that position, but more important, it’s about Lawrence and his family situation right now,” Hill said. “We just want to try to keep the players working as hard as we possibly can during this time period and try to get a win or two until he gets back.”
At the rate the Pistons are going this season, if Frank waits until the Pistons get two wins, he won’t coach a game in the next week.