Family of Pistons coach Frank loses power
by Perry A. Farrell, USA TODAY Sports
DETROIT — Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank’s family is without power but safe in the aftermath of the massive storm Sandy that swept through the East Coast with tons of water and high winds.
His immediate family is in New Jersey, where Frank once coached the then-New Jersey Nets.
“The power supply is down; no one has power,” said Frank, whose wife, Susan, and daughters are riding out the storm in New Jersey. “They’re dealing with that, but there are people in a whole lot worse situation. Your prayers go out to the people impacted by that.”
Frank said it was tough watching television, knowing his family was in the middle of the turmoil.
“You feel defenseless when you have your family there, and you’re here, away from them,” Frank said. “There’s a lot of guilt that goes through you when you’re not there to help them or support them. You just try to manage situations from afar.
“There was some exterior damage to the house, but it was (a bigger problem) not having any power and how long they have to deal with the power lines being out. Susan and the kids and my in-laws lost power.”
Frank’s plans for this afternoon include trying to make arrangements to get his family into a nearby hotel. Frank said his brothers, who live in nearby Manhattan, have power.
Perry A. Farrell writes for the Detroit Free Press