New Coach For The Mavs – Is This A Good Move For Dallas?

14 May

There are high expectations and enthusiasm surrounding Dallas as they have just signed Rick Carlisle as the new coach.  I am apprehensive about what this means for my team and I hope Carlisle does not think there is any room in Dallas for an Indiana Pacers mob mentality.  Us Texans don’t think too kindly to being caught up in a player attack upon fans and having the coach stick up for the players.

Rick Carlisle didn’t waste any time getting to work … even if he didn’t have the job just yet. The 48-year-old coach ran his first practice in, of all places, Dirk Nowitzki’s living room.

Carlisle’s tour of Mavericks with influence last week took him to the home of last year’s MVP. While discussing strategy and his vision, Carlisle got Nowitzki up off the couch for an impromptu demonstration of Larry Bird post-up moves. Somewhat odd? Sure, but Nowitzki appreciated the enthusiasm.

So did everyone else. The search for the ninth coach in club history targeted Carlisle from the start and as the process progressed, it became apparent the search would be one and done. The franchise finalized a four-year contract with Carlisle on Friday night, with the signing expected Saturday and an introductory press conference Wednesday.

“Incredibly excited that Rick has come on board,” owner Mark Cuban said. “His coaching record speaks for itself. He has a unique ability to coach multiple styles of play, which we think makes him a great fit for the Mavs.”

Carlisle replaces Avery Johnson, who was dismissed on April 30 – the day after New Orleans eliminated the Mavs in the first round. Dallas is the third coaching stop for Carlisle after previous stints with Detroit and Indiana.


Posted by on May 14, 2008 in South, Sports, Texas


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6 responses to “New Coach For The Mavs – Is This A Good Move For Dallas?

  1. BuffaloNickel

    May 14, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Here’s hoping the Mavs can get their roster fixed and back to contender level next year!

  2. Ben K

    May 14, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Mavs are on the way down no matter who their coach is.

  3. Irish Lone Star

    May 17, 2008 at 8:07 PM


    I believe they can. They will have to work for it and want it bad enough and Rick could end up being the person to make it happen if he can assimilate.

    Ben K,

    I respectfully disagree 🙂

  4. BuffaloNickel

    May 19, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    My heart is with you, Irish. I am trying to convince my head of that too. I hope Ben K is wrong.

  5. Irish Lone Star

    May 22, 2008 at 1:45 AM


    Same here. Possibilities are limitless if taken advantage of. Go Mavs!

  6. plulliegalcog

    August 3, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Tahnks for posting


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