Monday, July 18, 2011
Newsday: Knicks interested in Frank?
By Chris Forsberg | @ESPNForsberg | Email
Lawrence Frank is still knocking down doors looking for another head coaching gig, but even if he fails in that attempt this summer, it's no slam dunk he'll be back on the Boston bench. Could the Knicks lure him away? From Newsday's Alan Hahn:
First of all, whomever the Knicks hire would have to accept a one-year deal because [head coach Mike] D'Antoni is going into the final year of his contract and there is some uncertainty about his future. Frank, unlike most, would likely be amenable to accepting a one-year contract because it gives him the freedom to continue to look for head coaching jobs.
Frank might also prefer New York over returning to Boston for proximity reasons, as well, because he could be home full-time in New Jersey, where his wife and two daughters remained last season when he worked for the Celtics.
* Forsberg's thoughts: Even Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge admitted after the season that Boston expected Lawrence Frank to have opportunities with other teams even if he didn't land a head coaching job. He's been a finalist in Houston, Golden State, and Toronto, and remains in the mix in Detroit. But let's say he gets passed up by the Pistons, would he really hop to New York, one of Boston's Atlantic Division rivals? If family is a concern, it's hard to imagine Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who spends so much of his time jetting back and forth from Orlando to see his own kids, would stand in the way of Frank getting closer to his Jersey roots. Ainge said at the end of the season the team is very much interested in retaining Frank if he doesn't find another job.
Hop HERE to read ESPN's latest edition of 5-on-5 which focuses on recent coaching changes and features a question (No. 4) on who should be Detroit's next coach with a couple votes for Lawrence Frank.