Longtime Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has a foul relationship with the primary spherical of the NBA playoffs.
Whereas he and former Mavs star Dirk Nowitziki captured that elusive title in 2011, the Mavs haven’t gained a playoff sequence since.
For the second straight 12 months, Dallas was eradicated by the Los Angeles Clippers, this time in seven video games.
Regardless of that, Mavs proprietor Mark Cuban doesn’t suppose it’s time to let Carlisle go.
“He isn’t going wherever,” Cuban mentioned Sunday evening, through Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning Information
Carlisle, 61, was employed within the 2008-09 season after shortstops with the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons.
In simply his third season, the Mavs captured their first and solely title.
Since 2011, Carlisle and the Mavs are 0-6 within the first spherical.
In 2014 they took the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven video games, whereas they went down in six to LA final 12 months and went down preventing in seven video games in 2021.
All through his profession in Dallas, Carlisle has a 555-478 file within the common season, and his present contract takes him by the 2022-23 season.
Carlisle nonetheless believes he’s able to successful, and won’t speculate about his job standing.
“That’s a query you’ll should ask Mark,” he mentioned, through the Dallas Morning Information.
“I clearly do [think I’m the right fit here], however I’d textual content him and see what he has to say about it.”
Mark Cuban feels the identical means:
“Let me inform you how I take a look at teaching,” he mentioned, through ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“You don’t make a change to make a change. Until you may have somebody that is way, a lot, a lot better, the grass isn’t greener on the opposite facet.”
Whereas his job is protected for the foreseeable future, Carlisle supplied a transparent reply for what the Dallas Mavericks must do to win a playoff sequence.
“We’ve simply acquired to maintain constructing the staff round him, and that is going to be an essential offseason on many ranges,” Carlisle mentioned of Luka Doncic, through the Dallas Morning Information. “We’ve got a number of guys who’re free brokers or who’ve opt-ins or opt-outs with their offers, so there’s an opportunity that there will likely be a number of change, however we don’t know.