Clark (Santa Cruz, Calif.): Lawrence Frank’s last two seasons as a head coach have had pretty horrendous starts and this one – although still early – is headed in that direction. Is this just a coincidence or something we should be worried about?
Langlois: I’m sure he’d resist excuses, but there were some pretty compelling reasons for the 2009 start in New Jersey (a roster stripped of future liabilities in advance of the sale of the franchise) and the 2011 start with the Pistons (new coach, lockout). This year, I think any team that was in the lottery the preceding season and faced with seven of its first eight games on the road would be challenged. Of their first five games, they’ve put themselves in position to win all but Sunday’s loss to the Lakers. Nobody’s happy to be 0-5, but road games are always tough for young teams and the Pistons have played four of their five on the road so far.