"I don't have any thoughts or ideas of replacing him at all," Thorn said yesterday. "He's done a good job for us, and I'm sure he'll continue to do so in the future."
So Frank stays, and with two years left on his contract, he gets another shot at turning the team around.
Yes, even if they don't make the playoffs.
"I don't see anything that can transpire that would change my mind," Thorn said. "I got a call from a writer the other day who said he's writing a column that the coach should be fired. So I know it's out there in the media, and from fan e-mails. But that's not going to influence me one way or the other. I know the job Lawrence does for us."
Okay, Rod. So, they vastly underperform, with our without Jason Kidd. So they don't make the playoffs for the first time in 7 years, even when 10 games under .500 in the East will guarantee you a playoff spot. So they have a losing record for the first time in 7 years.
Yeah, keep the coach, that's the ticket...
So, what if the Nets are 12-20 in December for the 3rd time in 4 years?
Aah, we knew this. We've said it in this very blog a couple of times. Ratner doesn't want a new coach. Even if he did, who'd take this lame duck job?
What changes can be made? Trade RJ? Dump Sean Williams so some other team can reap his considerable upside? Force Boone to shoot 500 foul shots a day in the off season? Dangle Marcus Williams to get a shooter?
Anything that happens, the Nets will be a young team looking for guidance. Can Frank provide it?
I don't see any hope if he remains coach, and according to Rod Thorn, he will remain coach.
His contract is up in 2 years, ie, at the end of the 2009-2010 season. That's supposed to be the last season in NJ.
Ratner is saying the bad economy means an indefinite delay in the Atlantic Yards project, except that is for the arena.
This is a team set adrift...