Even with so many teams being discussed here, no team in coaching circles is rated as more likely to make a change than the Pistons, whose 4-18 record since the All-Star break and increasingly frequent struggles to keep games competitive have clearly put Lawrence Frank’s job in jeopardy despite the one season, followed by a team option, left on his contract.
League coaching sources consistently submit Frank’s name as poised for dismissal when the regular seasons ends, with the Pistons said to be increasingly concerned by some of the body language and lukewarm responsiveness from Frank’s players that’s often evident to scouts sitting courtside.
Few coaches in the game are as prepared and thorough as Frank, but it’s not resonating with this group. It would thus be a big surprise, at this stage, if the Pistons aren’t soon in the market for a coach — possibly a former player — who might be able to vibe better with Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond & Co.
Lawrence Frank has fallen quickly in Detroit, especially considering Joe Dumars said at Frank’s introductory press conference, “We are desperately trying to settle into a long-term coach.”
There’s no point in keeping a poor coach for the sake of having a long-term coach, but just two years ago, it seemed like Dumars would give Frank every benefit of the doubt. However, 93 losses later, that might not be so easy for Dumars to actually do.