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Detroit Pistons Fire Coach Lawrence Frank

Coach Lawrence Frank

The Detroit Pistons released Lawrence Frank from his head coaching duties on Thursday.

His firing was widely expected because of how bad the team has been doing lately, losing 27 of 36 games in the second half of the season before winning four of their final five. Frank guided the Pistons to a 29-53 mark this season and was 54-94 overall in two years with the team.

“We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,” Pistons president Joe Dumars said. “Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future.”

What made the season even harder for Frank was the fact that his wife was ill during key parts of the season, and he missed a handful of those March defeats. Frank was scheduled to earn a reported $4 million next season, with the Pistons holding a $4 million team option for the 2014-15 season.

The Pistons haven’t reached the playoffs since 2007-08.

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