Posted December 10, 2013

Report: Nets’ Jason Kidd cursed out Lawrence Frank over coaching style

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, Lawrence Frank
(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Jason Kidd’s Nets are off to a 6-14 start. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Did ego and insecurity motivate Nets coach Jason Kidd’s decision to remove assistant coach Lawrence Frank from the bench and “reassign” him to report-filing duties?

NBA.com reported Monday that Kidd, in an apparent attempt to exert his authority, cursed out Frank in a dispute over the latter’s coaching manner during games.

Kidd reportedly preferred that Frank, who began the season actively and vocally coaching Brooklyn’s defense, take a lower profile on the bench during games.

The denouement came in the now well-reported blowup Kidd had with Frank, where Kidd, according to a source, told Frank: “Sit the (bleep) down! I’m the coach of this (13-letter word) team! When you’re on the bench, don’t [bleeping] move!”

Frank did as he was told. Other coaches playing the Nets thought he was ill, he was so quiet during recent games.

SI.com’s Chris Mannix previously reported that Kidd took issue with Frank’s style.

At least once the two had words after a practice, with Kidd expressing frustration at what he perceived to be the more vocal Frank aggressively trying to run practice in a way Kidd didn’t. Said a source connected to the situation, “It just didn’t work.”

Yahoo! Sports reported last week that Kidd “blistered” Frank in a November staff meeting, and multiple outlets reported that there was “friction” between the two men in recent weeks. 

Kidd initially refused to go into much detail about the decision, saying only that “different philosophies” led to the change, which is also keeping Frank away from team practices.

The first-year coach later explained his thinking in a TNT interview.

“Philosophies, sometimes things don’t work out,” Kidd said. “You have to accept that. I could accept that. At the same time, there’s a brand, the Brooklyn Nets, that has to move forward. I have to find a way to make them better. For coaches, it happens just like players. It could be a disagreement, or an understanding that we don’t get along. But I have to do what’s best for the brand, and that’s what I had to do.”

So far, the “Nets’ brand” — as Kidd calls it — is 1-2 since Frank’s demotion. Both losses came in blowout fashion and the only win was against the Bucks, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn’s defense ranks 29th in the league — better only than Utah — and the 6-14 Nets are only a half-game up on the last-place Knicks in the Atlantic Division.

Brooklyn’s players have confirmed the tension between Kidd and Frank, who is reportedly pursuing a contract buyout agreement.

“Guys do notice [the tension],” Nets guard Joe Johnson said, according to the New York Daily News. “I know I surely noticed it. Something just wasn’t quite right.”

ESPNNY.com quoted Paul Pierce: “Obviously some behind-the-scenes things that probably went down that didn’t go well with the coaches and that’s why the decision was made.”

Mark this down as one more milepost along the transition from star player to rookie coach for Kidd. If a star player throws a behind-the-scenes tantrum, it’s in just about everyone’s best interests to keep that private. If a rookie coach flips out on a longtime adviser, and then takes the drastic step of publicly demoting him, there’s a decent chance that dirty laundry winds up getting aired out.

One wonders just how carefully Kidd thought things through, even if it reportedly took him weeks after the first incident to officially pull the plug. Does it really matter if Frank was coaching while on his feet, given that assistants, especially those designated as defensive coordinator, regularly do the same thing? Wasn’t there some way for the two men, who have known each other for years, to piece this back together? Wouldn’t it have been better for “the Nets’ brand” if they kept the tension in-house and came up with an alternative, less-public resolution? What’s stopping anyone else wronged by Kidd from airing his grievances now that the floodgates are open wide?

As long as the Nets keep losing, Kidd will remain an easy and open target for fan frustration and media criticism, thanks to his DUI suspension, his soda-spilling stunt and this public falling out. Kidd, his personality and his decision-making have become the Nets’ leading story, and that’s never a good thing for a team that’s fighting to stay out of the basement. Hall of Fame playing career or not, NBA coaches rarely get the opportunity to repeatedly make negative headlines without repercussions. Kidd might have spent November tearing into Frank, but he’ll be spending the rest of December yelling for his players to help him change the narrative.

110 comments
dandogwood
dandogwood

Larry Frank awoke this morning and he was still a snake and banned from the Nets.

David102
David102

And they said Lou Campanelli was a tyrant when Kidd got him fired as a punk college kid.


Roy Rubin, you might have a challenger for the title of worst NBA coach in history.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Lawrence Frank buys his suits at Target Boys department.

dandogwood
dandogwood

what does Lawrence tell his kids???  Daddy was a a backstabbing lousy no good SOB?

dandogwood
dandogwood

Lawrence Frank tarred and feathered stripped and greased and shaved clean all in the public eye in a demeaning manner and embarrassing.

azraph
azraph

Hiring a rookie coach and expecting a team to win a championship this year are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In this case, they are.


Ugh, I sat through so many losing seasons as a Net fan, and JKidd helped alleviate that, it's just sad that he's now part of the problem.


Patrick Ewing is a HoF player, he's STILL paying his dues. Byron Scott, Dennis Scott, Vinnie Del Negro... all paid their dues. Assistant Coach for a few years, then you get the big job, J Kidd. Oh well, we'll see what happens when Garnett retires and Pierce doesn't re-sign...

MikeHuser1
MikeHuser1

Can someone please take @dandogwood's soap box? You have the freedom of speech... and the freedom to look like an idiot.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Jason Kidd played the NBA game well for 20 years.  Lawrence Frank just sniffed jock straps and brought coffee and donuts.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Lawrence Frank scum bag back stabbing midget was asked to get the hell out of sight and keep his negativity and scheming against Jason Kidd away from the team.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Loyalty is essential in the make up and character of any man hired by another. Obviously Lawrence Frank is a guy of low morals and bad character.

DSM
DSM

Why do so many people mistakenly believe great players usually make great coaches or GMs?  Isiah Thomas; Elgin Baylor; Michael Jordan; and Bill Russell (except when he was player-coach) were all failures. Larry Bird and Jerry West are rare exceptions.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Jason Kidd will always be remembered for a 20 year NBA career, Frank for backstabbing and getting cut loose to file reports.  Big difference.  Star Player Kidd vs short joke Frank.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Kidd is the laughing stock of the league..........fire this idiot

dandogwood
dandogwood

Not a smart move backstabbing and second guessing and critcizing the man who hired you.

dandogwood
dandogwood

If Lawrence Shrimp Frank was a foot taller he might be listened to.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Disloyalty and back stabbing is not cool?? Is it Elf Frank?

dandogwood
dandogwood

Jason Kidd 20 year playing career 10 times An NBA All Star 18000 points. Lawrence Frank never bounced a ball. Who belongs in the NBA?

dukhobearl
dukhobearl

13 letter word: "disappointing".

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

This guy never should have been hired.  And it will haunt him (see Thomas, Isiah)….

Kenneth13
Kenneth13

he's not as good at coaching as he is at beating up his wife.  

Kenneth13
Kenneth13

What's comical is this tea bag has a history of beating women up and can't control his temper.  Now all of a sudden, he is going to be a great coach and mentor to young players ?  He's a piece of garbage and should be treated as such.  

21GB
21GB

@dandogwood - Thats too bad for you if you're a Nets fan. Because Kidd is the problem, not Frank. Kidd is a snake, his history and recent actions say so, and he's totally unproven as a coach. The early signs say he cant coach a lick and is in way over his head and has resorted to his temper issues to cast blame and drink spilling to try and cut the corners. He was a great individual play maker and defender, but that does not make someone a good coach. Nets are finished, he'll be fired and never rehired, nor should he be. 

21GB
21GB

@dandogwood - You think Coach K, Izzo or even B. Knight could play in the NBA? Frank is a consumate professional and one of the hardest working coaches in the NBA. Kidd was born a mega-million dollar future superstar. He was the top ranked recruit by age 15, he was a play maker much more than a great ball control QB, his teams always had to run to play with him. Its much more likely Kidd is the problem than Frank. For god sakes, didn't Kidd beat his wife? Then the drink spill and outbursts on the bench at assists. The guy has issues.  

trolljaboy
trolljaboy

@DSM

Judging by your list its almost as if you are saying former black players are bad gm and coaches while former white players are better gm and coaches

Bikkyman
Bikkyman

@dandogwood Frank was an excellent assistant under Rivers in Boston.  Kidd is incompetent, has a huge ego, and will be lucky to make it to year 2.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

He isn't.  He looks like a scumbag and his actions prove it.

dandogwood
dandogwood

@Nate the Pate Jason Kidd all Pro 10 times multi- millionaire would be man enough to post under his great name not mine. Now for that elf Lawrence frank different story.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

Frank started his coaching career 13-0 WITH scrubs.  Kidd started his career 15-3 with Hall of Famers and a stacked roster.

blacksaber79
blacksaber79

@dandogwood  And why listen to Kidd? Frank's .454 winning percentage isn't exactly Hall of Fame worthy. But at least he led his team to the playoffs the first four years of his career  with a .559 wining percentage. 


Any predictions on how bad Kidd will do the rest of the season?

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

Would you hire Michael Jordan to be your heart surgeon? Hey, he scored 25000+ points!

slickwilly
slickwilly

Where's your proof that Kidd has a history of beating women up? Who has he supposedly beat up and were you there to witness him supposedly beating these women up?

BigBubba
BigBubba

Well, I think the players he mentioned did not do a good job.  To even things out, throw in Doc Rivers--ex player who has done really well while in Boston.  Feel better now?