The Detroit Pistons might be a mess, but the Brooklyn Nets are a MESS. The latest chapter of the ongoing soap opera is the "reassignment" of former Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. It has been known for weeks that Frank and first-year head coach Jason Kidd didn't exactly see eye to eye.
When the Nets hired Frank to be its top assistant and defensive specialist, the move actually saved the Pistons quite a bit of money. When Frank was fired he still had a year left on his contract that was to pay him $4 million. The Nets enticed Frank by making him the highest-paid assistant in the NBA -- maybe ever -- with a deal that averaged more than $1 million per season for six years.
Now he has been "reassigned," and will collect a paycheck for "filing reports." He will not be on the sidelines during games and he will not be a part of team practices.
According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski the relationship between Kidd and Frank had grown quite toxic.
Kidd lost cool w/ Frank inside a coaching staff meeting in early November, league sources say, and partnership was soon doomed to this end.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 3, 2013
Now that the movie is official, I wouldn't be surprised if reporters are more willing to dish dirt on whatever salacious details they have that makes the Nets, Frank and Kidd look bad. The mudslinging has just begun.
Wow. Just wow.