The Nets announced the move Sunday shortly after ESPN.com's report that Frank would not coach the Nets in Sunday night's road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, when New Jersey tries to avoid matching the worst start in NBA history.
Nets assistant coach Tom Barrise will coach the game in L.A., but the Nets' announcement said that Frank's permanent replacement has not yet been chosen.
It's WAY too early to say for sure, but never to early to speculate. Are the Nets already tanking for next year? Considering they're well under the cap, you have to wonder if they're also trying to land the #1 pick to entice LeBron James in the offseason. (End conspiracy theory)
I would welcome the Nets into the Futility Hall of Fame, but the Lakers can be pretty bad when they sleepwalk through a game like this. And they WILL sleepwalk through this game. Maybe the Nets can win tonight.
And godspeed Lawrence Frank. You will never coach in this league again.
As of 10PM EDT (from ESPN): - Phil Jackson is no longer the Head Coach of the Lakers but offered another position in the organization (unknown at this time). - Shaq wants out and has requested to be traded. - Kobe has opted out.