Lawrence Frank could be headed for unemployment line

Julian Garcia

This is how shaky Lawrence Frank’s job status is: The Nets may need to beat the Lakers Sunday in L.A. to save him from the unemployment line.It’s not looking good for Frank after the Nets lost to the Kings 109-96, Friday night to extend their season-opening losing streak to 16 games. After tying the franchise mark for consecutive losses in a season, the Nets are now in position to tie the all-time mark for consecutive losses out of the gate, something that has been done by only the 1988-89 Heat and the 1998-99 Clippers.

With their coach’s job clearly on the line, the Nets came out flat, falling behind by 22 points in the first half before mounting several comeback attempts that fell well short.

With his back firmly against the wall, Frank pointed the finger at himself while trying to explain his team’s listless early effort. "I take full responsibility that we can’t play 48 minutes and have the (effort), especially in the situation we’re in," Frank said.

Back in the starting lineup for the first time since the second game of the season, Devin Harris missed 16 of 22 shots in finishing with 25 points. Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Douglas-Roberts had 21points. Lopez said Frank should not have to take the fall for the team’s embarrassing play. "There’s only so much he can control," Lopez said.

Rookie point guard Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih each had 21points to lead the Kings (7-8), and Omri Casspi, the rookie from Israel, chipped in with 18 points.

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