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Tony Campbell

After long years of preparation, Nets' Frank just getting started

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The stories have already become the stuff of legend, or at least implausibility.

How Lawrence Frank, at age 11, used his earnings from a paper route in his hometown, nearby Teaneck, to buy a videocassette recorder to tape New York Knicks games, so he could sketch out plays drawn up by Hubie Brown.

How Frank, at age 16, coached a local Catholic Youth Organization team, even though he was Jewish. How, for his last two years in high school, he helped assist Teaneck coach John Mazziotta despite being cut three times as a player.

How Frank, at 18, went off to Indiana University just to become a student manager for Bob Knight and got a job right out...