Nearly a decade ago, after a 22-20 start to the season and a five-game losing streak that saw the team dumped by an average of over 13 points per game, New Jersey Nets head coach Byron Scott was fired by the team and replaced on an interim basis by unheralded assistant coach Lawrence Frank. Frank went on to win his first 14 games as Nets coach and lead the team to within a game of the Eastern Conference finals, losing in the second round to the eventual champion Detroit Pistons. The work earned Frank a full time gig with the Nets, one that he held onto until a 0-16 start doomed his 2009-10 season with the team.
Then-Nets point guard Jason Kidd was rightfully thought to be the driving force behind Scott’s firing, much in the same way he was the clear driving force between the recent dismissal of Frank as Brooklyn Nets assistant coach. Kidd, who now coaches the Nets, begged the team to bring his former coach back on board to guide him through a rookie season last summer, but apparently balked at Frank’s apparent overcoaching and inability to understand his role as an assistant.
Byron Scott? Working with a sweet TV gig after being let go by the Cleveland Cavaliers last spring, all he could do was stand with his arms crossed in bemusement from afar as his former player and underling clash away a decade later. In a talk with the New York Post, Scott detailed how he didn’t seem to mind the eventual success of his former assistant coach, while not exactly sharing cheery back-and-forth discussions with the player he worked with from 2001 to early 2004:Read More »from A decade after Lawrence Frank replaced him as Nets coach, Byron Scott chimes in on the Frank/Jason Kidd tussle