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A Few Good Men

By Siwale Chabala

When Lawrence Frank was hired as the New Jersey Net's coach in 2004, many people asked, who?? And now frank is in his 5th year as coach of the Nets. He has the third-longest tenure in the NBA next to Greg Popovich and Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan. In a time where coaches are heavily critized by writers and fans alike, seeing Lawrence Frank coaching reminds me of the days when coaches were not fired after a bad game or given the pink slip on a mismanaged play. Lawrence has survived through the good and bad times even though coaching in New Jersey helps with the cross-town rivals getting all the media attention. Mr. Frank is still one of the most underrated coaches in this league.

Lawrence Frank is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey. The baby faced coach first got his big break with Indiana University as a team manager under the "General" Bobby Knight. Bobby Knight is one of the greatest coaches and teachers of the game. Some of that magic must have rubbed off to Frank. After 4 years at Indiana and earning a B.S. in education, Lawrence moved on to Marquette University and then Tennesse. He got his first NBA gig with the Vancouver Grizzlies under Brian Hill who ironically became Frank's assistant with the Nets later on. Frank was the assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets 3 years before he was named interim coach. He got off to a great start, winning his first 13 games. After that season he was officially the coach. Frank holds the franchise record for all time wins.

This year might be Lawrence toughest job yet. Lawrence Frank will be teaching as well as coaching. The team is young and inexperience so it might be hard to stay competitive. Frank is a special coach and has that "je ne sais quoi "about him. He has kept this franchise afloat for all these years. After a slow start last year, the Nets were in the running for the last playoff spot. This year expectations will be lower. Basketball experts, Nets writers, Fans and family members are not expecting anything from this team. It will take a miracle for New Jersey to make the playoffs. Lawrence frank has beat the odds by lasting all these years soo don't bet against Mr. Frank, he just might have something up his sleeve.