Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)The Associated Press
Detroit Pistons Head Coach Lawrence Frank directs his team crosscourt against the Brooklyn Nets in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 17, 2013,at Barclays Center in New York. The Nets won 103-99. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)The Associated Press
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Lawrence Frank has been fired by the Detroit Pistons after he became the latest coach unable to revive the struggling franchise's fortunes.
The team announced the move Thursday, a day after the Pistons lost at Brooklyn to finish the season 29-53.
Frank went 54-94 in two seasons with Detroit. He took over before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, and the rebuilding Pistons have been slow to improve despite drafting in the lottery the last three years.
This is a big offseason for the Pistons, who traded veterans Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince in the last year and have a decent amount of space under the salary cap.