ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report that the Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle were nearing a 5-year contract extension that would keep Carlisle in Dallas for the next 6 years. Many of the so-called ‘experts’ were predicting a Carlisle exit after this upcoming season once his contract expired but now looks like the beloved coach is here to stay!
After such a rough off-season the Mavs needed some good news and what could be better than locking up one of the best coaches in the NBA for the foreseeable future? Carlisle is a mastermind at all aspects of coaching and is always able to get the most out of his players. He was recently voted by NBA GMs as the #2 coach when it comes to in-game adjustments behind only Gregg Poppovich.
There’s a lot of questions right now surrounding the health of certain players on the Mavs roster but having stability at the head coaching position is underrated by so many and is often overlooked. Some people may say well Carlisle doesn’t develop young players and that’s inaccurate. Carlisle can only develop the players that is given, the blame goes more on the front office for no providing Carlisle young talent that he can help polish. Corey Brewer, Brandon Wright and Al-Farouq Aminu are all examples of raw talented players that flourished underneath Carlisle whose time with the Mavs were unfortunately cut short.
Rick Carlisle’s resume speaks for himself, the 2011 championship run, the 2014 playoffs round 1 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs and the 2012-2013 roster that had the likes of O.J Mayo, Chris Kaman and Mike James winning 41 games speaks for itself. The same 2012-2013 team that saw Dirk Nowitzki miss significant time and yet somehow were still able to be in the hunt for a playoff spot.
I’m not making any predictions for this current Mavericks team but I will say that Carlisle will get the most of the talent he has and keep the Mavs respectable. Carlisle staying also speaks to his confidence in Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson’s ability to continue revamping this roster in the coming years to get back to the expectations of being a championship contender year in and year out.
Regardless of what happen after Dirk retires it’s reassuring that the Mavs will still have one of the elite head coaches in the game today to help lead them forward. I’m glad Rick Carlisle is staying as should all MFFLs.