If Doc Rivers coaches the Clippers next season – and Kevin Arnovitz explains why that’s still a possibility even though talks have been reported to be dead – the Celtics will need a replacement.
Lawrence Frank served as Boston’s defensive coordinator before the Pistons hired him, and that went well. So, apparently the Celtics would be interested in giving him more responsibility. A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northeast:
In addition to Vinny Del Negro, former
#Celtics asst. Lawrence Frank expected to emerge as candidate to replace Rivers as well.
The Celtics can and should do better. I’m not convinced Frank would fail as their coach, but he’s shown enough in stints with the Pistons and Nets that Boston could either get someone with a better track record or at least someone who hasn’t shown so many negatives, and too few positives, as a head coach.
Speaking of the Nets, Frank has an open and public invitation to join Jason Kidd’s staff. Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:
Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has offered Lawrence Frank the opportunity to be an assistant coach on his staff.
"The invitation is out there, so it’s up to him," Kidd said Friday on ESPN Radio’s "Mike & Mike."
"He’s in a special situation. He’s at home, his wife is sick, so I understand coming off of coaching [the Detroit Pistons] and [possibly] wanting a year off with his family, so I respect that. The big thing is he knows how much I love him and how much I need him, but family comes first, and I respect that."
That’s more in Frank’s wheelhouse, playing a role as prominent assistant for a completely inexperienced head coach.
I’m rooting for Frank to get either job, mostly because that would signal his wife’s health has improved. But I’m also not sure the Pistons hired a better head coach in Maurice Cheeks than the one they fired. I’d be very intrigued to see what Frank and Cheeks do next season.