Lawrence Frank Appreciation Thread

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  1. basketbills

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    I appreciate that he's gone. I soured on Frank at some point. But I think he did the best with what he had. He allowed Moose to play from the elbow and had people cut through the lane and back door. He gave Knight a ton of time at PG.
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    The best head coach we had in almost 2 years. A Pistons legend.
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    The ball boys appreciated him also because it was tough to tell them apart.
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    I like the time he said "hey, let's go" and clapped his hands really hard.
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    When he sighed heavily and blew out air, the little domes his cheeks made reminded me of an old synagogue.
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    Chris Jerebko was right.
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    I just wish he had been more consistent with his shaving.
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    He can here to work and that's what he did. Many guys with his pedigree could've done the same thing knowing the Pistons were a work in progress.
    And will continue to be until a blue chip player falls in Dumar's lap.
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    He will do great leading the Rutgers program to at least 5th in their league
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    He was really smart answering those questions on Piston's Live...
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    This is an excellent point. He was a worker, and a teacher at the same time. He held nothing back. He faithfully earned the money spent on him. Even his last gesture, where he demanded an extension to continue (while face-saving), spoke toward the reality that no miracles would be forthcoming. Ball-boy sneers aside, it still proves that with mighty determination and much luck, fate will meander its own turns.
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    I appreciate how he couched the team to a poor enough record to get Drummond at #9 and our #7 pick this year. Those slow starts to the season in both years were key in these picks.
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    Know what your getting. This has been a habitual problem with his presentation style (those embarrassing starts). Why was anyone shocked? I mean, I mean, all those elite management types that hid behind the scenes and are never touched. Keep working those myths and keep dragging your heart around.
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    Before the Tayshaun trade, Coach Larry had this team clicking. He was dealt a bad hand and played it as well as he could. He made a lot of money doing it.

    No coach was going to make this mess into a contending team. Even if Coach Larry pulled out a few more wins and got a spot in the playoffs...we would have lost our first round pick. He did a decent job.

    B+.
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    I just cannot see how he can be the master of something that he has never done. He did not even play in high school - and it showed. He knew the X's and O's but could not always connect the dots. I think he was a great people person and knew exactly what to say to owner ship and thats whats been keeping his career going. He blew them away in the interview - thats how he got the job.
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    Most of the embarrassing losses came around his absence. Somehow the team managed to become respectable after most had thought they had given up. He developed his players at the expense of losses. What more could you ask of the guy?

    This is by far the worst fire of Joe's career.
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    If Gores hired him, perhaps it was Gores that actually fired him.
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    Love that line. Execution and principles are a means to an end. There are many factors. That's why I tossed Laimbeer's name in there. Then again, all across the internet, thats what fan complain about. After rotations...
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    This is Vincent Goodwill's evaluation of the front office:
    Final grades for the 2012-13 Pistons | The Detroit News

    Coach Larry got a D.
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    Should be a A+. Joe only had to give up a 1st rounder and a Rip buyout to get the Pistons out of the mess he put them in. Or almost out of the mess he put them in since the Pistons still are a lottery team with Chuckles and Stuckey on the payroll.

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