The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, fired coach Lawrence Frank on Thursday.
His dismissal had been expected for some time, after the young Pistons lost 27 of 36 games in the second half of the season before winning four of their final five.
Frank guided the Pistons to a 29-53 mark this season and was 54-94 overall in two campaigns.
"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 Joe Dumars said. "Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future."
ESPN.com reported two weeks ago that Frank was the most likely coach in the league to be ousted. According to sources, Frank had been resigned to his fate for several days.