Boyish looking basketball coach Lawrence Frank lasted through all of his New Jersey Nets' agonizing 16 consecutive defeats. Why did ownership pick the eve of what would be a dubious record-tying 17th loss in L.A. to fire him? Why now, after most players and Thorn rushed to his defense? Lost in the talk of how Frank was not responsible for the squad's winless mark is what his ill-timed dismissal could mean for the franchise next summer. Many had speculated that his job security might be in jeopardy if the futility continued. When a team loses this much, someone must pay the price. The coach could not escape liability for the epic struggles. Since hoops execs cannot lay off players and ownership rarely slaps itself on the wrist, the coach usually takes the ...
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