Pistons hire Frank as new coach

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, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. - Despite the NBA in the midst of a lockout with no end in sight to the work stoppage, the Detroit Pistons took the opportunity Wednesday to introduce Lawrence Frank as their new head coach.

"We went through a very extensive process, interviewed a lot of candidates. It was a very meticulous, detailed process that we went through," Pistons president Joe Dumars said. "When it was completed, at the end of the day it was a very clear choice that Lawrence was the best guy. It was kind of a unanimous feeling throughout the people involved that he was by far the best candidate for the job."

Frank replaces John Kuester, who was fired after going 57-107 over two contentious seasons, including a 30-52 mark last season.

It was an odd press conference in terms that both Dumars and Frank were unable to talk about the Pistons roster because of the lockout. Dumars said Frank's first day on the job was Monday.

"I know he was here at 5:30 a.m., I wasn't, he was," Dumars said. "The guy was ready to work. He doesn't like to talk about this, but this guy comes in at 5:30 every morning. You want that in your organization as soon as possible. You want that kind of energy, you want that kind of passion, you want that kind of direction. You want that as soon as possible. The current situation in the NBA has no impact really on how soon you should get that kind of guy in your organization."

Frank concurred.

"As all coaches in the league you review every game that has been played," he said. "You review in terms of what area you need to improve in. You look at all your systems, consult other people. There's a lot of brainstorming so it's business for us. We still have a job to do."

Frank, a native of northern New Jersey, began his coaching career on January 26, 2004 when he succeeded Byron Scott as head coach of the Nets. He immediately guided them to 13 straight victories, setting a new NBA record for the most consecutive wins by a head coach to begin a career.

The Nets enjoyed moderate success under Frank over the next several seasons, making the playoffs four straight times and winning the Atlantic Division twice.

However, after two straight years of failing to make the playoffs, the Nets began the 2009-10 season with 18 straight losses -- 16 of those under Frank -- who was fired on November 29, 2009.

The 40-year-old finished his tenure in New Jersey with a 225-241 record.


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