Frank set to write daily “reports” instead after role change.
Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd has insisted that he wants to “move on” after deciding to reassign former assistant coach Lawrence Frank.
The Nets rookie coach made the decision earlier this week that Frank would no longer be at practices or sit next to him on the bench during games moving forward.
Speculation in the media has cited “friction” between the pair which resulted from a “difference of philosophies” since the beginning of the season.
Having made a 5-13 start to the season, the pressure is on Brooklyn to turn things around, and with the second to last worst defensive record in the league, Frank’s reassignment is partly linked to his previous role as defensive coordinator.
“He’s working, he’s giving his reports,” Kidd said a day after he “reassigned” Frank to a reduced role. “Do I miss him? No. He’s doing his job,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.
When asked whether it was difficult to reassign Frank, Kidd said, “L’s still working, so there’s no disappointment. We move on.”
Asked what Frank’s daily reports entail, Kidd responded, “Whatever you would like to write.” Asked again, Kidd responded, “A report. About the game.”
So Frank will watch the games? “Yeah,” Kidd responded.
While veteran Jason Terry has insisted that it was always Coach Kidd’s voice that was listened to in the locker room, he admitted that it was slightly disappointing how the situation had turned out.
Nevertheless, Kidd is adamant that the team can move forward and improve on their record so far this season, having lost 11 of their last 14 games.
Injuries and form have conspired against him in recent weeks, but with a clash against rivals the New York Knicks on Thursday night, it is the ideal time for the Nets to begin their ascent of the Eastern Conference and get back into playoff contention.