The Detroit Pistons are set to name Lawrence Frank as their new head coach, according to recent reports. Frank will attempt to do what Michael Curry and John Kuester failed miserably at and that is bringing the Pistons back to respectability.
Frank went 225-241 in 6½ seasons as coach of the New Jersey Nets. He was fired by New Jersey in November 2009 after the team started that season 0-16. He was an assistant for the Boston Celtics last season.
I'm not sure what to make of this move. In my opinion, the Pistons need to generate some interest in the team. At least on this side of the state, the Pistons are now a joke of a franchise. It's a sad thing to say because for so many years, they were one of the strongest. I can still remember watching the Bad Boys back in the late '80s and early '90s. More recently they advanced to six straight Eastern Conference Finals. Now though, they are a far cry as to what they once were. Even worse, there's no hope that things will get better anytime soon.
I still believe that they should have hired Bill Laimbeer as head coach. More than anything, he would have gotten people excited about the Pistons again, very similar to what Alan Trammell did for the Tigers when he was hired. Sure, Trammell didn't do a very good job of managing the Tigers, but people wanted to come back out to the ballpark to see them. Trammell brought back memories of the "good ol' days". That is the same thing that Laimbeer would be able to do for the Pistons. People will remember the Bad Boys days and start to feel excited about being a Pistons fan again.
But no...Joe Dumars (whom I am convinced is just grasping at straws now) has decided to go a different direction and hire a guy that looks like an aging Dennis the Menace to resurrect the Pistons.