Rick Carlisle

Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl) (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York) is the head coach of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He has also coached the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, and was previously a player in the NBA. Carlisle was raised in Lisbon, New York. He graduated from Worcester Academy and played two years of college basketball at the University of Maine before transferring to the University of Virginia, where he co-captained the Cavaliers to the Final Four in 1984. After graduating that same year, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics (23rd pick in the third round), where he played alongside Larry Bird on the Celtics' 1986 NBA Championship team. With the Celtics, he averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game in a limited reserve role. In 1987, Carlisle was sent to the New York Knicks. In 1989, Carlisle played in 5 games with the New Jersey Nets. Later that year, he accepted an assistant coach position with the Nets, where he spent five seasons under Bill Fitch and Chuck Daly. In 1994, Carlisle joined the assistant coaching staff with the Portland Trail Blazers under coach P.J. Carlesimo, where he spent three seasons. In 1997,
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