Word out of the Boston Herald today is that the Celtics have granted permission for the Rockets to interview assistant coach Lawrence Frank for their vacant head coaching job. Frank was one of the youngest coaches in the league when he took the reins in New Jersey, and currently runs the defense for the Celtics.
The Celtics assistant coach declined comment, saying that his focus is on the playoffs and the Miami Heat in particular.
The Rockets will interview Sam Cassell and Kevin McHale for the job this week. Mike Budenholzer is out after saying he wanted to stay in San Antonio last night. Frank’s interview will likely come after the Celtics are out of the playoffs, whenever that occurs.
So far, the Rockets have met with Jack Sikma, Mario Elie, Mike Woodson, and Kelvin Sampson. They are likely to talk to several other coaches before they start deciding on who the best fit might be, including ex-Cavaliers coach Mike Brown.