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Report: John Loyer joins Lawrence Frank's staff

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From the New York Daily News:

Assistant coach John Loyer is headed to Detroit to join Lawrence Frank’s staff, according to Nets coach Avery Johnson, who spoke with beat writers today from the practice facility in East Rutherford.

Loyer, who worked under Frank in New Jersey, is leaving a staff that already lost Larry Krystkowiak and may also lose/let go of Sam Mitchell.

I know nothing about Loyer, except for what I've just learned from his official bio with the Nets:

John Loyer is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Nets, following four seasons in the same position for the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Loyer spent a total of five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers as the team's video coordinator (2000-01), advance scout (2001-03) and assistant coach (2003-05).

Before joining the Trail Blazers staff in 2000, Loyer spent 12 years in the collegiate coaching ranks with stops at Wabash Valley College (1999-00), University of Akron (1987-89) and the University of Cincinnati (1989-99). He was an assistant at Cincinnati for 10 years during which time the Bearcats made it to the Final Four once and twice to the Elite Eight.

Loyer is obviously more credentialed than some guy off the street, but I find it interesting that of the 31 candidates Frank interviewed for his staff, he settled on two former co-workers (Loyer and Roy Rogers) and a third coach he's worked indirectly with in the past (Dee Brown was coach/GM of the Nets' D-League affiliate during Frank's last season in NJ). Maybe they're the most qualified for the job, or maybe Frank likes surrounding himself with friends. (Hell, maybe both of those statements are true.) It's just interesting.

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