Here’s the report, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
Lawrence Frank is Detroit’s choice to be its next head coach, and formal offer imminent within next 24-36 hours, league sources tell Y!
Frank is currently the lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, and his most recent head coaching gig was with the New Jersey Nets. Frank coached the Nets for seven seasons, and made the playoffs in his first four years with the team. Frank missed the playoffs in his final two full seasons with the team, and was fired after losing the first 16 games of the 2009-10 season. Before you blame Frank for those last few seasons, look at how then-owner Bruce Ratner started to order a gutting of the talent on the roster — this was not all Frank. He wasn’t perfect, but he was also a bit of a scapegoat.
Reportedly, Pistons GM Joe Dumars preferred former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson to take over the young Pistons, but Frank impressed team owner Tom Gores in his interview. Frank will replace Jon Kuester, who was an unmitigated disaster as a head coach and was recently hired as an assistant by the Lakers under new coach Mike Brown.
Woodson has interviewed for the Minnesota Timberwolves job, and he has been rumored to be a possible replacement for Frank as the lead assistant to Doc Rivers in Boston.
The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina recently sat down with Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person to talk about all things Lakers. It’s an interesting interview, and I recommend reading the full piece, but one particularly interesting part of the interview came when Person was asked about how the team will play defense under new head coach Mike Brown:
“I think the basic [defensive] scheme will be the same. We’ll keep the ball out of the middle of the floor, force the ball baseline without getting beat, come over from the weak side to do what we call “trap the box,” and make sure the ball stays out of the paint. We are going to shrink the floor and invite opponents to shoot with a contested hand on every shot, so that won’t change from last year. What will change is we will have the players be held more accountable for executing our defensive philosophy and defensive game plans from game-to-game. Mike won’t have any leniency when it comes to that end of the floor. He’ll allow them to make some mistakes offensively, but there won’t be much room defensively for guys to go off on their own and do things outside of the defensive system that we implement.”
Person notes that the team did implement a new defensive scheme last season, and it’s worth noting that the Lakers have been a top-6 defensive team in each of the last two seasons. Brown is known for his defensive coaching acumen, and the schemes he brought to Cleveland completely changed the culture of the team, but I don’t believe it would be reasonable to expect a similarly dramatic culture shift in Los Angeles next season.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the story:
Name to watch in Wolves search: Don Nelson. ESPN.com sources say he’s not only open to return to coaching but intrigued by ‘Sota roster
This would certainly be an interesting hire. The 71-year old Nelson recently retired after clinching the all-time record for regular-season coaching wins. He both took the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade and led them to one of the greatest upsets in playoff history in his first year as Golden State’s head coach, but most feel he overstayed his welcome in Golden State, and the team fell into disarray as Nelson often appeared apathetic on the sidelines.
Still, with Ricky Rubio coming aboard and the roster filled with big men who can shoot like Kevin Love and #2 overall pick Derrick Williams, an uptempo approach could work for the Timberwolves, and Nelson is still the godfather of uptempo basketball in the modern NBA.