It was a rough year for former Brooklyn Nets assistant Lawrence Frank and it was an even rougher end to the season for Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers. But while the two had bad seasons for very different reasons, the best way for both to heal may be to join up together in 2014-15.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, the Clippers are considering the possibility of adding former Doc Rivers assistant Lawrence Frank to the staff in Los Angeles.
The (Los Angeles Clippers) team will also be looking to hire another assistant coach, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Lawrence Frank, who was on Rivers’ staff as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics during the 2010-11 season, is being strongly considered for an assistant’s position with the Clippers, the executives said.
Frank got a bum deal in Brooklyn where he was pushed out by Jason Kidd and basically scapegoated for the first-time head coach’s mistakes. Eventually, Kidd figured it out and somehow led the Nets to the Eastern Conference Semifinals where they were promptly diced up by the Miami Heat.
It’s hard to say how much of the early struggles in Brooklyn were Kidd’s fault and how much was on Frank but the fact of the matter is Rivers knows and likes Frank and he may be exactly what the Clippers need on their bench moving forward.