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Nets retain Coach Lawrence Frank

  |   April 29, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 29 (UPI) -- Lawrence Frank will return next season to coach the NBA's New Jersey Nets, a team executive said Wednesday.

Frank will be back despite New Jersey's failure to qualify for the NBA playoffs for the second year in a row.

"If you get rid of a good coach, you've got to get a good coach," team President Rod Thorn said at a news conference. "And in my mind he's a good coach. He's done a good job here. I think this past year we weren't expected to do very well and we ended up doing better than most people expected us to. I think the players understand that he knows what he's doing and they play hard for him."

Frank, a native of Teaneck, N.J., is owed $4.5 million next season.

He compiled a second straight 34-48 record, good for an 11th place finish in the Eastern Conference.

Thorn made no comment on which players would be back, including high-scoring guard Vince Carter and backcourt mate Devin Harris.

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