The New Jersey Nets will try to avoid the worst start in NBA history with a new head coach. Lawrence Frank has been fired as the team’s head coach after six and a half seasons at the helm, in a move that was anticipated more and more with each loss.
Assistant coach Tom Barrise will assume head coaching duties for Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in which the Nets will try to avoid matching the longest consecutive losing streak to begin a season in league history.
Said Nets president Rod Thorn in a statement: “I want to thank Lawrence for more than a decade of service to the Nets, first as an assistant coach and then as the head coach for the past six and a half seasons…Lawrence always approached every day with a passion for his craft that was infectious, and his dedication to the game as well as his work ethic are to be both admired and appreciated. I wish he and his family only the best of good fortune in the future.”
Frank compiled a 225-241 record with the Nets. The coach he replaced back in 2004, Byron Scott, is the only other NBA head coach to be ousted this season.
Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe and assistant coach Jon Loyer are the heavy favorites to assume head coaching duties until the end of the season, at which point the Nets will assess their long-term head coaching future.