New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd invited Lawrence Frank to be part of his staff.
Kidd, 40, retired as a player last week and accepted the Nets head coaching job this week. Frank coached Kidd from 2003-08 when he was the New Jersey Nets point guard a decade ago. Frank last coached the Detroit Pistons, who fired him after the regular season ended.
Frank lives with his wife in New Jersey. She had surgery for an undisclosed illness earlier this year and reportedly faces a long recovery. Still, Kidd made the offer to Frank.
"The invitation is out there, so it's up to him," Kidd told ESPN Friday. "...He's in a special situation. He's at home, his wife is sick, so I understand coming off of coaching and wanting a year off with his family, so I respect that. The big thing is, he knows how much I love him and how much I need him, but family comes first, and I respect that."
Kidd said he is in the process of putting together his coaching staff, including recruiting Frank.
"There's a lot of people that have come out publicly saying that I need to get a seasoned staff, and that's what I'm looking at, people who maybe have been head coaches in this league or have been assistants and understand what it takes to have some success so I can learn on the job," Kidd said. "One of those candidates is Lawrence Frank that I'm trying to get because we get along well, I trust him and I think he understands what it takes to have some success in this league."
Kidd spent 19 seasons in the NBA with the Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. He won a championship with the Mavericks in 2011 and Olympic gold medals with the U.S. team in 2000 and 2008.