ESPN is reporting that the Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Lawrence Frank after two seasons.
According to to the report, the Pistons cut ties with the Frank on Thursday, just one day after the team lost at Brooklyn to finish the season 29-53.
The 42-year-old coach led the Pistons to a meager 54-94 record during his two-year stint.
“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.”
With the firing, Frank became the third straight Pistons coach to be let go without reaching the third year of his contract.
Frank, who was in his ninth season as a head coach in the NBA, is guaranteed $4 million for the 2013-14 season, and the team controls a $4 million option for the 2014-15 season.
Prior to the Pistons, Frank spent seven seasons coaching the Nets where he accumulated a 225-241 record.
He took over the team after Byron Scott was fired during the 2003-04 season and won his first 13 games, a record win streak to start an NBA head-coaching career. Frank was fired from the Nets in 2009.
After the Nets, Frank spent the next season as an assistant to Doc Rivers with the Boston Celtics before Detroit hired him prior to the NBA lockout in 2011.
Lawrence Frank wasn’t the only head coach to lose his job this week.
As reported earlier by The Inquisitr, Cleveland Cavs coach Byron Scott was fired following a third consecutive losing season with team. Cleveland finished the 2012-13 campaign with the third-worst record in the NBA, going just 24-58.
During Scott’s three-year stint with the team, the Cavs were a dismal 64-166, marking the lowest winning percentage (.278) in franchise history.