NJ Nets must win to keep head coach Lawrence Frank employed
Dave D’Alessandro/The Star-Ledger
As they tumble toward the abyss, with a possible detour through the NBA record book — a journey that is now a quest to save their coach’s job — the Nets know they have but one hope:Their best player must get his A-game back as soon as possible.
To a man, the Nets believe they cannot play much harder or much better — they are losing games mostly because of their talent deficit. And now it’s up to Devin Harris to close that deficit.
“It changes everything,” Trenton Hassell said in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat against the Knicks. “Devin’s a general. He pushes the tempo, puts the pressure on the entire defense, opens it up for guys like Brook (Lopez), and he gives us that burst that we didn’t have. As he gets in shape and keeps on playing, we’re going to be better.”
“We have our best player back,” Lopez agreed. “Obviously that brings some (optimism), and his leadership is very underrated as well, so that will help us, too. That being said, we’re still searching for our first win.”
Indeed, the return of Harris from his groin injury gives this 0-13 team hope, but it likely starts the clock on Lawrence Frank’s tenure as head coach. The Nets remain the NBA’s only winless club — four losses shy of tying the record for most consecutive defeats to start a season — and Harris’ return removes some of the convenient excuses and mitigating cir*****stances.