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The Detroit Pistons fired Lawrence Frank Thursday, after his team stumbled to a 54-94 record with him at the helm.

"We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time," Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said in a statement. "Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future."

Frank came to Detroit before the 2011 season. His ouster had been widely expected, especially after during a stretch in which the Pistons dropped 27 of 36 games in the second half.

After the Pistons' season-ending loss in Brooklyn, Frank seemed resigned to his fate when speaking with reporters.

"Unfortunately, it's been too long a talk for too long," he said. "It's been going on for a while, so it's not like this just jumped up and it's news flash. Because you have to answer the question every day, it's something you do give some thought to."

Frank was to earn a reported $4 million next season, and the Pistons hold a $4 team million option for the 2014-15 season. The Pistons haven't reached the playoffs since the 2007-08 season.
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