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It would be a dubious end, but Nets coach Lawrence Frank may cap his tenure in New Jersey how he started it -- with a record.
The Nets, mired in a historic 16-loss slide to start their season, will fire Frank early this week, Yahoo! Sports has reported.
The Nets face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday night in a bid to avoid matching the NBA record for losses to start a season.
Frank has known for a week his departure was imminent, with the only question being where and when it would happen, a source close to Frank told ESPN.com's Chris Sheriden.
Frank, whose Nets helped him set an NBA mark by winning 13 straight games to begin his stint with the team, is in the final year of a contract that pays him $4 million this season.
The Nets will deliver the news to Frank, the longest tenured coach in the Eastern Conference, at some point when the team returns to New Jersey, the Yahoo! Sports report said, citing multiple unnamed sources.
Though support remains within the Nets organization for assistant coach John Loyer, general manager Kiki Vandeweghe will likely take over, starting with Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks, the report said.
TrueHoop: Nets Hold Telling History
If the Nets' previous firings are any indication, coach Lawrence Frank has a 50-50 chance of even boarding the team's charter flight Sunday night, Chris Sheridan writes. Blog
Frank enters Sunday's game with a 225-241 record. He hasn't caught a break in the fifth full season of his first head coaching job.
During the streak, the defeats have included four losses of three points or less.
But the Nets haven't kept themselves in too many other games while averaging an NBA-low 85.6 points and shooting a league-worst 40.3 percent from the field.
Ten of their losses have come by double digits, including each game during this four-game Western road trip. With a loss to the Lakers, New Jersey would join the 1988-89 Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers during the lockout-shortened 1999 season as the only teams to start 0-17.
To avoid reaching that point, New Jersey will first need a better performance than they delivered in Friday night's 109-96 defeat to Sacramento, while matching the franchise's longest losing streak.
The Nets have dropped 16 straight road games dating to March 18, when they beat the Knicks 115-89.
New Jersey has also lost 27 of 35 all-time road games against Los Angeles. Its loss at the Staples Center last season followed a 102-100 win there on Nov. 25, 2007.
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