Rick Carlisle

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Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle 2011-10-03.jpg
Carlisle in October 2011
Dallas Mavericks
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1959-10-27) October 27, 1959 (age 60)
Ogdensburg, New York
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolLisbon Central (Lisbon, New York)
Worcester Academy
(Worcester, Massachusetts)
NBA draft1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1984–1989
PositionShooting guard
Number34, 3, 12
Coaching career1989–present
Career history
As player:
19841987Boston Celtics
1987Albany Patroons
1987–1988New York Knicks
1989New Jersey Nets
As coach:
19891994New Jersey Nets (assistant)
19941997Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
19972000Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20012003Detroit Pistons
20032007Indiana Pacers
2008–presentDallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NBA statistics
Points422 (2.2 ppg)
Rebounds141 (0.8 rpg)
Assists201 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Richard Preston Carlisle (/ˈkɑːrll/ KAR-lyle; born October 27, 1959) is an American basketball coach and former player who 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.[1][2][3][4] As a player, Carlisle played for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets. He is also one of only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.[5]

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] Carlisle was a starter for the 1982–83 Virginia Cavaliers team that featured the three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson. UVA was the number one ranked team in the country prior to being defeated by Chaminade on December 23, 1982. In the 1983 NCAA tournament, UVA was the number one seed in the West and made it to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual NCAA national champion North Carolina State. Carlisle was the co-captain on the 1983–84 Cavaliers team and helped lead them to the Final Four where they lost 49–47 in overtime to the Houston Cougars team led by Akeem Olajuwon. Carlisle averaged 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his college career.


After graduating in 1984 Carlisle was selected 70th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1984 NBA draft, where he played alongside Larry Bird. Under Celtics' coach K. C. Jones he won the NBA championship in 1986 and lost in the finals in 1985 and 1987.

In a limited reserve role from 1984 to 1987 Carlisle averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game. He then played for the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) under Bill Musselman, being signed as a free agent by the New York Knicks, where he played under coach Rick Pitino alongside emerging star Patrick Ewing. In 1989, Carlisle played in five 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 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 2001–02 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. Carlisle's Pistons had just dispatched Brown's Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals before being swept by the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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. That year, he coached the East All-Stars at 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 that were meted out after the Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills, which resulted in Ron Artest being suspended for the rest of the season, Jackson being suspended for 30 games and O'Neal being suspended for 15 games. However, Carlisle was still able to rally the Pacers to the NBA Playoffs that season. 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 was 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 Indiana Pacers.

After leaving Indiana, Carlisle worked as a studio analyst for ESPN[13] before signing with the Dallas Mavericks as the team's new head coach.

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

Carlisle coaching the Mavericks in 2009

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 playoffs, the Mavericks lost 0–4 to Thunder in the first round. On May 15, 2012, Carlisle agreed to a new four-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 as the eighth seed with a 49–33 record 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]

On January 30, 2015, he recorded his 600th win in a game against the Heat.[18] He signed a new five-year deal on November 5, 2015.[19] On December 2, 2017, Carlisle recorded his 700th win in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Carlisle and his wife Donna have one daughter.[21] He is an avid pianist and private pilot, who as of September 2015 has logged nearly 200 hours flying his Cirrus SR22T single-engine light aircraft.[22][23]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs 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
Detroit 2001–02 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 10 4 6 .400 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Detroit 2002–03 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 17 8 9 .471 Lost in Conference Finals
Indiana 2003–04 82 61 21 .744 1st in Central 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conference Finals
Indiana 2004–05 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Central 13 6 7 .585 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Indiana 2005–06 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Central 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Indiana 2006–07 82 35 47 .427 4th in Central Missed playoffs
Dallas 2008–09 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Southwest 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
Dallas 2009–10 82 55 27 .671 1st in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
Dallas 2010–11 82 57 25 .695 2nd in Southwest 21 16 5 .762 Won NBA Championship
Dallas 2011–12 66 36 30 .545 3rd in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Dallas 2012–13 82 41 41 .500 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2013–14 82 49 33 .598 4th in Southwest 7 3 4 .429 Lost in First Round
Dallas 2014–15 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Southwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
Dallas 2015–16 82 42 40 .512 2nd in Southwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
Dallas 2016–17 82 33 49 .402 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2017–18 82 24 58 .293 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2018–19 82 33 49 .402 5th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Career 1,378 751 627 .545 120 58 62 .483


  1. ^ Vecsey, Peter; Bontemps, Tim (May 3, 2008). "Sources: Mavs To Hire Carlisle". New York Post.
  2. ^ ESPN – Sources: Carlisle, Mavs reach agreement on 4-year deal – NBA
  3. ^ Mavericks: One and done: Carlisle tabbed to coach Mavs
  4. ^ a b AFP: Mavericks reach four-year coaching deal with Carlisle Archived May 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mavericks defeat Heat for NBA title
  6. ^ "Celtics' Carlisle learning the routes", Nashua Telegraph, November 20, 1984, p.13.
  7. ^ 1999-00 Indiana Pacers Roster and Stats
  8. ^ Profile
  9. ^ Pacers fire coach Isiah Thomas
  10. ^ Pacers’ Carlisle to Coach East All-Stars
  11. ^ Carlisle won't return as Pacers head coach
  12. ^ Carlisle won't return as Pacers head coach, published April 25, 2007
  13. ^ Beyond the Playing Field
  14. ^ Mavs, Johnson part ways after team's playoff ouster
  15. ^ Mavericks: Official release: Rick Carlisle named coach Archived May 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Mavericks win 1st NBA crown, handle Heat and prolong LeBron's wait for ring". ESPN. June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  17. ^ "Deal done, real work begins for Rick Carlisle". espn.com. May 15, 2012.
  18. ^ "Mavericks overcome Hassan Whiteside to get Carlisle 600th win". thescore.com. January 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Mavericks sign head coach Rick Carlisle to contract extension". mavs.com. November 5, 2015.
  20. ^ Sefko, Eddie (December 2, 2017). "With win over Clippers, Rick Carlisle becomes just one of three active head coaches with 700 career wins". SportsDay. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  21. ^ "Family stirs Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle's softer side". dallasnews.com. April 30, 2015.
  22. ^ "Rick Carlisle's higher calling". espn.go.com. September 3, 2015.
  23. ^ "Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle Plays Piano Solo at Bruce Hornsby Concert". bleacherreport.com. May 30, 2015.

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