Carlisle spent 13 seasons in Dallas, leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title. His decision was announced a day after general manager Donnie Nelson and the team agreed to go their separate ways, ending a 24-year run for Nelson. within the organization.
“It was just my decision,” Carlisle said in a statement released to ESPN shortly before the team announced their departure.
Dallas becomes the seventh team with a vacant coaching position, joining New Orleans, Washington, Orlando, Indiana, Portland – and Boston, where Carlisle played for the team that won the NBA title in 1986.
And now the Mavericks need a coach and a general manager, in an offseason where they should also give 22-year-old Luka Doncic, the team’s best player and now twice All-NBA, an extension. of $ 201 million.
Carlisle went 555-478 in Dallas, bringing a team built around Dirk Nowitzki to the 2011 title – the first, and still the only, in Mavs history. Dallas made six playoff appearances in the ensuing 10 seasons, never coming out of the first round in any of them.
But Dallas owner Mark Cuban insisted after this year’s playoffs ended – the Mavs went 0-3 at home in what became a seven-game first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers – that Carlisle was safe and would be back.
Carlisle, apparently, had other ideas. Carlisle told ESPN he had had “a number of face-to-face conversations” with Cuba in recent days, then decided it was time to go.
“Rick informed me today of his decision to step down as head coach,” said Cuban. “Besides being a great basketball coach, he was also a friend and a confidant. Rick helped us bring the O’Brien Trophy to Dallas and those are memories I will always cherish.
Carlisle – who is president of the National Basketball Coaches Association – is the most successful coach in franchise history and had the third longest term of any NBA coach in his current role. Gregg Popovich of San Antonio became a coach there in 1996; Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was promoted to head coach by the Heat about two weeks before Carlisle got the job in Dallas.
The league’s third-longest-serving coach is now Steve Kerr of Golden State – who was sixth on this list about two weeks ago, before Terry Stotts left Portland, Brad Stevens left as coach in Boston to become president of the Celtics, and Carlisle left Dallas.
Carlisle, in his statement to ESPN, made it clear that his coaching days are not over.
“Dallas will always be home, but I’m excited for the next chapter in my coaching career,” Carlisle said.
Carlisle was the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2002, earning the honor in his first season as a head coach. He went 50-32 with Detroit that season, spending two years with the Pistons, then moved up to four with Indiana before finally coming to Dallas.
In his 19-year career, he scored 836 victories, ranking 15th in NBA history and third among active coaches behind Popovich and Doc Rivers of Philadelphia. Carlisle is also one of 14 people to have won an NBA championship as a player and head coach.