Lawrence Frank Jason Kidd's Top Assistant In Brooklyn
on Jun 27, 2013 05:15 PM EDT
Lawrence Frank and Jason Kidd are back together, albeit in quite different roles for each of them.
ESPN is reporting Frank has agreed to join Kidd with the Brooklyn Nets as his top assistant. The two previously spent seven seasons together when the Nets were in New Jersey, with Frank as the coach and Kidd as the catalyst that led them to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances.
In his first stint as a coach, Kidd was named the man in charge for the Nets last month, taking over for P.J. Carlesimo after the higher-seeded Nets were bounced in the first round of the playoffs by an undermanned Chicago team.
Frank is a viewed as a vital addition for the Nets, given Kidd’s novelty status. Even Kidd has stressed he felt it was important for him to get an experienced, quality assistant while he essentially learns on the job. He is still adding other staff.
Frank comes to Brooklyn after serving as Detroit’s head coach last season. In his previous stint with the Nets, he went 225-241 during the regular season, becoming the franchise's all-time leader in NBA coaching victories. In addition, he helped lead the team to four consecutive postseason appearances from 2004-07.