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Pistons Coach Frank Returns After 6-Game Absence

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Head coach Lawrence Frank of the Detroit Pistons points from the sideline during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Head coach Lawrence Frank of the Detroit Pistons points from the sideline during the first half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on February 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank returned to the team Monday after missing six games due to a family illness.

Frank’s wife fell seriously ill, and he returned to New Jersey, missing two home games and a four-game road trip.

Team president Joe Dumars told Frank to stay as long as he needed, but he decided to return once his wife left the hospital.

“It was a very hard decision,” he said. “There’s no right or wrong decision. I just had to deal with what my wife and I felt was the right thing. I’m here, so I’m 100 percent engaged with being here and doing my job. When we aren’t playing, my thoughts will be 100 percent with my wife, and I will try to get back to see her whenever I can.”

Brian Hill coached the team in Frank’s absence, going 0-6 as part of Detroit’s eight-game losing streak.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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