Frank looking ahead, hopeful for another coaching gig

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The New Jersey Nets are Lawrence Frank’s team. Or at least they were. But Lawrence Frank is a basketball coach, and coaches coach teams. They are defined by what they do, and what they do is coach. So is he still a coach if he doesn’t have a team? Does the coach, the person, have purpose?

Well, if you’re Lawrence Frank, you do. Frank is thinking — hoping — that his current teamlessness is only temporary. From Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger:

After being fired on Nov. 28, he used all of December to reacquaint himself with his wife and daughters. Then he spent all of January and February on the road – essentially canvassing the quadrangle between Kansas, Dallas, Orlando and New England – visiting roughly a dozen college and NBA teams coached by men he considers close friends.

Nothing has changed in that regard: While others watch the game and players, Frank still focuses on the coaches — even those on a high school level – because that’s what lifers do.

“The thing I like most is watching how they run a practice,” Frank said. “Those are always the most relevant times to me. So I watch them and track their thoughts, how they approach the preparation, how they make adjustments, listen to their postgame evaluation, and how they deal with their teams the next day. That’s why I liked to have extended days, and all these guys gave me unbelievable access.
   
“But when you go around a team, you not only pick brains of coaches, but all different people – personnel people, training staff, everybody. That way, you’re able to gauge the core values of a staff and an organization. I find that very rewarding.”

This is as close as Frank can get to business as usual without minds to mold and practices to run. Coaching is his purpose, regardless of whether or not he has a team of his own. Frank deserves another shot at coaching an NBA team because regardless of the blatant cronyism that goes on throughout most of the league, there are still teams out there that value good work. Frank offers that, even if it didn’t quite manifest itself in the Nets’ horrid start this season.

It may come next season, or it may not. But Frank’s re-entry into the ring of NBA head coaches is only a matter of time.

Carmelo Anthony leaves without speaking to media, will probably get fined

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Lately, Carmelo Anthony has parsed whether the Thunder are frustrated or angry and said he’s going through the roughest stretch of his career.

It didn’t get any better last night.

Anthony scored 11 points on 12 shots with three turnovers, and Oklahoma City got outscored by 21 points with him on the floor in a home loss to the Hornets. The Thunder have now lost two of three, falling to the lowly Nets and Hornets and needing overtime to beat the freefalling Grizzlies.

Royce Young of ESPN:

Anthony today:

I’m sorry. My bad. I had a FaceTime session with my son, so I skipped out on you guys yesterday. I apologize. It’s true, though. That’s true. It’s true. He had a school night.

The NBA’s media-access rules state: “All players must be available to the media for a minimum of five to 10 minutes during the postgame media access period.” It’s been a while since someone got punished for violating the policy, but Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for not speaking to the media after Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals.

I’m sympathetic to Anthony wanting to speak to his son, who’s still in New York. But the league tends not to take these personal concerns into consideration, which is probably for the best. There’s a rule. Anthony violated it. Assessing which personal calls should supersede the rule is a can of worms not worth opening. Besides, Anthony probably could have returned to the locker room for an interview after concluding the call.

Anthony earns a lot of money. If he wanted to risk a $25,000 fine to speak with his son, I have absolutely no problem with that. But that’s probably the choice he made.

In my experience, Anthony has been forthright with the media. He spent years as the face of the Knicks, dutifully answering for problems created by James Dolan and Phil Jackson. Because he was available nearly daily while his superiors avoided interviews, Anthony was the grilled by the New York media.

I bet he expected a reprieve in Oklahoma City. Instead, the spotlight has shined on him as a problem with the underwhelming Thunder.

It’s understandable he’d rather talk to his son than reporters. But it’s also understandable the NBA wants to promote its business through the media, and the league has power to enforce its rules.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.