As the regular season wound down with the Pistons on the outside looking in on the playoffs, Lawrence Frank approached owner Tom Gores and asked that the last year of his contract be guaranteed. Gores chose the option of firing Frank rather than bring him back for a third year.
Through two years with mediocre talent, Frank went 54-94 and missed the playoffs twice. In both years, the Pistons finished fourth in the Central Division.
Did the team improve under Frank? No. Was Frank worthy of being brought back? Maybe, maybe not.
But…was Frank given a team that remotely resemble a playoff team? Nope. Was this the Pistons SEVENTH head coach that President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars has brought in? Yep. Was Frank ever given a real chance to succeed? Nope. It’s been six years since the Pistons fielded a team worthy of watching. They have not finished with 40+ wins since 2007-08. Over the last four years, they have finished with 27, 30, 25 and 29 wins respectively. In other words, they have been dismal.
Maybe Frank should have been fired, but Dumars should have also spent the better part of Thursday cleaning out his office.