Rick Carlisle

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Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle 2011-10-03.jpg
Carlisle in October 2011
Dallas Mavericks
Position Head coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1959-10-27) October 27, 1959 (age 54)
Ogdensburg, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Lisbon Central (Lisbon, New York)
Worcester Academy
(Worcester, Massachusetts)
College Maine (1979–1981)
Virginia (1982–1984)
NBA draft 1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1984–1989
Position Guard
Number 34, 3, 12
Coaching career 1989–present
Career history
As player:
19841987 Boston Celtics
1987 Albany Patroons (CBA)
1987–1988 New York Knicks
1988–1989 New Jersey Nets
As coach:
19891994 New Jersey Nets (assistant)
19941997 Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
19972000 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20012003 Detroit Pistons
20032007 Indiana Pacers
2008–present Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NBA statistics
Points 422 (2.2 ppg)
Rebounds 141 (0.8 rpg)
Assists 201 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Richard Preston "Rick" Carlisle (/ˈkɑrll/ KAR-lyl; born October 27, 1959) is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons and was previously a player in the NBA.[1][2][3][4] He is also one of the only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.[5]

Carlisle coaching the Mavs (2009)

Playing career[edit]

Carlisle was raised in Lisbon, New York. He attended Lisbon Central High School, then spent a year at Worcester Academy. He played two years of college basketball at the University of Maine from 1979 to 1981, before transferring to the University of Virginia.[6] He co-captained the Cavaliers to the Final Four in 1984 and averaged 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his college career.

NBA[edit]

After graduating that same year, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics (23rd pick in the third round), where he played alongside Larry Bird. With the Celtics under coach K.C. Jones he won the NBA championship in 1986 against the Houston Rockets and lost in the NBA Finals in 1985 and 1987 to the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1984 to 1987, he averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game in a limited reserve role. Carlisle then played for Bill Musselman's Albany Patroons, and was then signed as a free agent by the New York Knicks under coach Rick Pitino, where he played alongside future star Patrick Ewing. In 1989, Carlisle played in 5 games with the New Jersey Nets under Bill Fitch.

Coaching career[edit]

Later in 1989, he accepted an assistant coaching position with the Nets, where he spent five seasons under Bill Fitch and Chuck Daly. In 1994, Carlisle joined the assistant coaching staff with the Portland Trail Blazers under coach P. J. Carlesimo, where he spent three seasons.

In 1997, Carlisle joined the Indiana Pacers organization as an assistant coach under his former teammate, Larry Bird. During his time as Pacers assistant coach, he helped the Pacers to two of their best seasons ever. First, in 1997–98, the Pacers stretched the Chicago Bulls to the limit, narrowly losing the deciding seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual NBA champion. Then, in 1999–2000 season, the Pacers made the NBA Finals for the first time, ultimately losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.[7] Bird stepped down as coach, and pushed for Carlisle to be selected as his replacement, but Pacers team president Donnie Walsh gave the job to Isiah Thomas.[8]

Detroit Pistons[edit]

For the 2001 season, Carlisle was hired by the Detroit Pistons to be their new head coach. In two seasons as Pistons' head coach, Carlisle led the team to consecutive 50–32 records (.610) with Central Division titles and playoff appearances. He was named Coach of the Year in 2002. However, the Pistons fired Carlisle after the 2002–03 season with a year remaining on his contract and hired Larry Brown. Friction between Carlisle and team ownership was cited as one of the primary reasons for the firing. Ironically, Carlisle's Pistons had just dispatched Brown's Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals.

Indiana Pacers[edit]

For the 2003–04 season, Carlisle was re-hired by the Indiana Pacers, this time as its head coach (Isiah Thomas had been fired,[9] almost immediately after Larry Bird was brought back as the new President of Basketball Operations). In his first season, Carlisle led the Pacers to the Central Division title and NBA's best regular-season record at 61–21 (74.4%), setting a franchise record for wins. In the playoffs, the team eliminated both the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, before losing to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. In that year, he was nominated coach for the All-Star Game.[10] In 2005, the Pacers roster was decimated by injuries (most notably, those of Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley), and suspensions (due to the Pacers–Pistons brawl attributed to Ron Artest at The Palace of Auburn Hills). Carlisle was still able to rally the Pacers to the NBA Playoffs that season, though. As the sixth seed, they again defeated the Boston Celtics in the first round, before being defeated once again by the eventual Eastern Conference champion, the Detroit Pistons.

After the Pacers finished the 2006–07 season with a 35–47 record (missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997), Carlisle's tenure as head coach ended;[11] it is unclear whether he voluntarily resigned, was fired, or was pushed to resign. In four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Carlisle compiled a 181–147 record.[12] On June 12, 2007, Carlisle announced that he would also resign from his position as Executive Vice-president of the Pacers. After leaving Indiana, Carlisle worked as a studio analyst[13] for ESPN before signing with the Dallas Mavericks as its new head coach.

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

On May 9, 2008, Carlisle signed a four-year deal with Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks, replacing Avery Johnson.[14] He led them to a 50–32 record including a first round win against the San Antonio Spurs. They would lose to the Denver Nuggets 4–1 in the Western Conference Semifinals.[4][15] The next year he coached the Mavs to a 55–27 record, first in Southwest Division and second in the West, but lost in the first round to the Spurs. In 2010, Dallas won sixteen of its first twenty games in a competitive Western Conference.

The 2010–11 season was Carlisle's most successful as a head coach. The Mavericks finished the regular season with a 57–25 win-loss record. On May 8, 2011, they swept the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. On May 25, 2011, the Mavericks enjoyed a 4–1 series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the first Conference Finals victory of his coaching career. In the 2011 NBA Finals, he coached the Mavericks to a 4–2 series victory over the Miami Heat for the franchise's first championship.[16]

In the 2012 NBA Playoffs the Mavs lost 0–4 to the Thunder in the First round.

On May 15, 2012, Carlisle agreed to a new 4-year deal with the Mavericks. In 2013, the Mavericks finished 41-41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000. In 2014, Carlisle led the Mavericks back to the playoffs where they would meet their in state rivals San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The Mavericks lost the series in seven games as the Spurs went on to win the 2014 NBA Finals.[17]

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
DET 2001–02 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 10 4 6 .400 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
DET 2002–03 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 17 8 9 .471 Lost in Conf. Finals
IND 2003–04 82 61 21 .744 1st in Central 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conf. Finals
IND 2004–05 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Central 13 6 7 .462 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
IND 2005–06 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Central 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
IND 2006–07 82 35 47 .427 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
DAL 2008–09 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Southwest 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
DAL 2009–10 82 55 27 .671 1st in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
DAL 2010–11 82 57 25 .695 2nd in Southwest 21 16 5 .762 Won NBA Championship
DAL 2011–12 66 36 30 .545 3rd in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
DAL 2012–13 82 41 41 .500 4th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
DAL 2013–14 82 49 33 .598 4th in Southwest 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Career 968 569 399 .588 110 56 54 .509

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