Hornets interview Frank, Williams

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets continue to interview candidates for their vacant coaching job with former NBA head coach Lawrence Frank and current Portland assistant Monty Williams being the latest.

Team spokesman Harold Kaufman confirms that Frank and Williams met with team officials on Tuesday in New Orleans, bringing the number of candidates interviewed by the Hornets up to seven.

Frank coached the New Jersey Nets more than five seasons but was fired this season after an 0-16 start. Williams played in the NBA nine seasons before going into coaching.

The Hornets also have met with former Dallas coach and current ESPN analyst Avery Johnson, current Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, former NBA coach Mike Fratello, former NBA player Mark Jackson and current Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau.

Frank is also a candidate for the Chicago Bulls position vacatedf by the firing of Vinny Del Negro.

Vince Carter of the Orlando Magic, who played for Frank in New Jersey, told ESPNChicago.com on Monday that Frank's work ethic sets him apart from his peers.

"It's just like being with [Orlando Magic head coach] Stan [Van Gundy]. Very passionate about the game. He wants to win," Carter said Monday. "And he tries to bring out the best in his players. He's great. He pushes you. He listens. He's stubborn sometimes, but you kind of have an appreciation for that because he works hard and he wants to win."

Carter believes Frank would have no problem fitting right in with a Chicago team led by Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. And he believes Frank's career should not be defined by the Nets' 0-16 start this season, which led to his firing.

"Everybody remembers the last thing, OK fine, 0-16. But look at what he's accomplished in his years there. He's done great things. He's taken a team that was 10-12 games below .500 and made the playoffs my first year [in 2004-05 with the Nets]. But nobody talks about that. They just talk about his 0-16 start. Well, he didn't have a very good team to work with. Look at what he had that year I got there in December. We were losing, we were counted out, and we made the playoffs."

Information from Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com and The Associated Press was used in this report.