Long-time Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has stepped down. His resignation comes just a few weeks after Dallas was ousted from the playoffs. Carlisle still had two years on his contract at the time of his resignation.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Rick Carlisle — who led Dallas to the 2011 NBA championship — informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban today that he won't be returning as coach next season, Carlisle told ESPN. Carlisle had two years left on his contract. He spent 13 seasons as Mavericks coach.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 17, 2021
Carlisle was the Mavericks’ head coach for 13 seasons, dating back to 2008. In 2011, Carlisle led Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs to the teams’ first-ever NBA Championship. They won the finals in six games over the Heat, in LeBron’s first year in Miami.
Before his long tenure in Dallas began, he coached the Pistons for three years, before becoming the Pacers’ head coach for five. His coaching record stands at 836-689 with 14 playoff appearances. Carlisle resigned from the Mavericks head coaching position, but there has been no statement regarding him retiring from basketball entirely.
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