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  • Aug 6
    NEW YORK -- The disappointing Brooklyn Nets shook up their coaching staff Tuesday, reassigning top assistant Lawrence Frank to a non-bench role. [b]William Karlsson Golden Knights Jersey[/b] . Head coach Jason Kidd said Frank will not be at practices or games, and that he will be writing daily reports. He said the two had "different philosophies." "This is a decision that I had to make and I made it and we move on," Kidd said. Kidd played for Frank with the Nets and hired him when he became a first-time coach in June. Frank had spent the two previous seasons as coach of the Detroit Pistons, and earned a league-high 21.4 per cent of the vote as best assistant by executives who voted in the preseason NBA.com GM survey. Frank is the Nets career leader in NBA wins with 225. He was expected to work mostly with the defence, but the Nets are near the bottom of the league in that category, allowing 102.4 points per game. Kidd denied that the defensive struggles were behind his decision. "Different philosophies and thats it," he said. "Well figure out how to stop people." Kidd said the rest of his staff would remain as is and there would be no new coaching hires. The Nets brought a 5-12 record into their game Tuesday against Denver, which is coached by Brian Shaw -- the other finalist for the Nets job that went to Kidd. Shaw, a longtime successful assistant before finally getting his first head coaching opportunity this season, interviewed just after Kidd and said he thought he had a "pretty good chance" to be the Nets choice. "I think everything happens for a reason. Im happy in the situation that Im in," Shaw said. [b]Shea Theodore Jersey[/b] . Various media outlets, including the Detroit Free Press, indicate a deal is close, while USA Today cited an unidentified person directly involved with the negotiations as saying the pact is for two years. [b]Alex Tuch Jersey[/b] . As each game passes (each has played close with the exception of last night) it becomes clearer just how evenly matched these two teams are and how one mistake, or one bad inning, is likely to sway the result.The Montreal Canadiens annual golf tournament took place Tuesday and that can only mean one thing - hockey season is right around the corner. The Habs open up the 2013-2014 NHL season at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 1 and even though camp doesnt start until September 11, all players were on hand with the exception of Tomas Plekanec and Davis Drewiske. Plekanecs father passed away over the weekend and Drewiske was with his mother who is ill. This was the first official Canadiens event for newcomers Daniel Briere, George Parros and Douglas Murray. One of the questions going into this season is where will Briere fit in the Canadiens lineup. Briere, a centre who was bought out this past offseason by the Philadelphia Flyers, realizes his role on the Habs will most likely be playing on the wing. "That is not an issue at all," said the 35-year-old Gatineau, Quebec native said this morning at Laval-sur-le-Lac golf club. "I can play the right wing, the left wing, in the mmiddle. [b]Vegas Golden Knights Jerseys[/b]. quot; Another question surrounding the Habs lineup this season is will Alex Galchenyuk make the move to centre? Head coach Michel Therrien said Galchenyuk will take on more responsibility this season, but would not say if that means having him play down the middle. "Time will tell when Galchenyuk will be ready to be a centreman," Therrien told the media. Tough guy George Parros and captain Brian Gionta are questionable for the start of the season. Parros underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder at the end of May and Gionta is recovering from a torn biceps tendon in his left arm, he was operated on in May as well. Both players are hoping to be ready for opening night but if not, they are expected to join the team shortly afterwards. Also, Alexei Emelin is not expected back from his knee injury until after late November at the earliest. The teams rookie camp is the next stop on the agenda for the Canadiens, taking place from September 5-9. ' ' '