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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Struggling Nets demote top assistant Lawrence Frank after reported rift with Jason Kidd

12.04.13 at 8:10 am ET

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NBA: Spurs at Timberwolves, 9:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College basketball: Boston College at Purdue, 9 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Maryland at Ohio State, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Wisconsin at Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Northwestern at N.C. State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Saint Joseph’s at Temple, 8 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Pennsylvania at Villanova, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: North Carolina at Michigan State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Miami at Nebraska, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Everton at Manchester United, 2:40 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘€¢ Fans in the Big Apple have to hope the Yankees‘ deal with Jacoby Ellsbury works out better than the most recent New York team’s acquisition of a Boston star.

Paul Pierce (who is out 2-4 weeks with a broken hand) and Kevin Garnett have not had the impact on the Nets the team expected. But much of the blame has to be placed on coach Jason Kidd — or whomever decided it would be a good idea to hire a just-retired player with no coaching experience.

Kidd, who last week embarrassed himself and the organization by spilling a drink on the court to get a timeout and then lying about it, demoted top assistant coach Lawrence Frank on Tuesday due to a “difference in philosophies,” as the struggling Nets continue to underachieve.

Frank has been assigned to doing “daily reports” and won’t be on the bench anymore, despite being in the first year of a six-year deal worth a reported $6 million.

“This is my decision,” Kidd said before Tuesday night’s 111-87 loss to the Nuggets that dropped Brooklyn to 5-13. “It’s what I had to do. It’s about basketball.”

According the New York Daily News, the team wanted Frank to offer more guidance, but the onetime Nets head coach (2004-08) became frustrated and complained about Kidd to others in the league. Frank, who was head coach of the Pistons the past two seasons and is a former Celtics assistant, is known as a defensive specialist, but Brooklyn’s defense has been poor this season.

Swingman Joe Johnson said he could see that the relationship was rocky.

“Guys do notice it. I know I surely noticed it. Something just wasn’t quite right,” Johnson said. “But that has nothing to do with how we played [Tuesday]. That was just a carbon copy of our season, to be honest with you.”

‘€¢ The Newtown High School football team’s inspirational season ended Tuesday with a two-point loss to Ridgefield in the Connecticut state quarterfinals.

With the number 26 on their helmets in tribute to the students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School who were gunned down last December, the Newtown players rallied from a 21-point second-half deficit and had a chance to tie the game with 16 seconds remaining, but their two-point conversion failed.

“I love our town. I love our team, I love our fans,” junior wideout Julian Dunn said after the 33-31 setback (via the New York Daily News). “We couldn’t ask for better help keeping everything positive.”

The Nighthawks had advanced to the playoffs after going 12-0 in the regular season.

‘€¢ On the heels of the incredible ending to Saturday’s Auburn-Alabama game, Real Clear Sports has a list of the best finishes in college football history.

Saturday’s shocker is the new No. 1, moving the Cal-Stanford band game to second. Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma — featuring a hook-and-lateral and a Statue of Liberty play by victorious Boise State — is No. 3. Boston College’s Miracle in Miami is fourth.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 4, 1988, which Patriots player recorded his 500th career reception during a 13-7 victory over the Seahawks?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The thought that it could be perceived as intentional never even crossed my mind. I realized I fell short of the expectations of my position in being where I was and my actions on the play.” — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, apologizing for standing on the edge of the field during a Ravens kick return in last Thursday’s game

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Triple-doubles in Tuesday’s 76ers-Magic game — a 126-125 Sixers win in double overtime — as Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando’s Victor Oladipo became the first rookies to record the statistical feat in the same game in NBA history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The gang from Dude Perfect meet up with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill at a closed Dick’s Sporting Goods store to hit some trick shots using a variety of sports equipment.

But they are outdone by “Trick Shot” Titus, a 2-year-old who stars in his third trick shot video, featuring some famous friends — actors Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper.

Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno goes between the legs to beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in Tuesday’s game.

“Anchorman” Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning on SportsCenter.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Stanley Morgan

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Boston-area native Freddy Cannon was born on this day in 1939.

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