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Pistons fire Frank

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Lawrence Frank after two seasons, the team announced Thursday.

The Pistons went 29-53 this past season, which ended on Wednesday. Overall, Frank recorded a record of 54-94 during his time in Detroit.

"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. "Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future."

The Pistons haven't made the playoffs since the 2007-08 season.

Frank was set to earn a reported $4 million next season, with Detroit holding a $4 team million option for the 2014-15 season.

The 42-year-old Frank, a native of northern New Jersey, began his coaching career on January 26, 2004 when he succeeded Byron Scott as head coach of the Nets. He immediately guided them to 13 straight victories, setting a new NBA record for the most consecutive wins by a head coach to begin a career.

The Nets enjoyed moderate success under Frank over the next several seasons, making the playoffs four straight times and winning the Atlantic Division twice.

However, after two straight years of failing to make the playoffs, the Nets began the 2009-10 season with 18 straight losses -- 16 of those under Frank -- who was fired on November 29, 2009. He finished his tenure in New Jersey with a 225-241 record.

04/19 07:00:30 ET