Carlisle in October 2011
October 27, 1959 |
Ogdensburg, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|NBA draft||1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Pro playing career||1984–1989|
|Number||34, 3, 12|
|1987||Albany Patroons (CBA)|
|1987–1988||New York Knicks|
|1988–1989||New Jersey Nets|
|1989–1994||New Jersey Nets (assistant)|
|1994–1997||Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)|
|1997–2000||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||422 (2.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||141 (0.8 rpg)|
|Assists||201 (1.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Richard Preston Carlisle (// KAR-lyl; born October 27, 1959) is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons and was previously a player in the NBA.1234 He is also one of the only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.5
Carlisle was raised in Lisbon, New York. He attended Lisbon Central High School, then spent a year at Worcester Academy. He played two years of college basketball at the University of Maine from 1979 to 1981, before transferring to the University of Virginia.6 He co-captained the Cavaliers to the Final Four in 1984 and averaged 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his college career.
After graduating that same year, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics (23rd pick in the third round), where he played alongside Larry Bird. With the Celtics under coach K.C. Jones he won the NBA championship in 1986 against the Houston Rockets and lost in the NBA Finals in 1985 and 1987 to the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1984 to 1987, he averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game in a limited reserve role. Carlisle then played for Bill Musselman's Albany Patroons, and was then signed as a free agent by the New York Knicks under coach Rick Pitino, where he played alongside future star Patrick Ewing. In 1989, Carlisle played in 5 games with the New Jersey Nets under Bill Fitch.
Later in 1989, he accepted an assistant coaching 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, Carlisle joined the Indiana Pacers organization as an assistant coach under his former teammate, Larry Bird. During his time as Pacers assistant coach, he helped the Pacers to two of their best seasons ever. First, in 1997–98, the Pacers stretched the Chicago Bulls to the limit, narrowly losing the deciding seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual NBA champion. Then, in 1999–2000 season, the Pacers made the NBA Finals for the first time, ultimately losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.7 Bird stepped down as coach, and pushed for Carlisle to be selected as his replacement, but Pacers team president Donnie Walsh gave the job to Isiah Thomas.8
For the 2001 season, Carlisle was hired by the Detroit Pistons to be their new head coach. In two seasons as Pistons' head coach, Carlisle led the team to consecutive 50–32 records (.610) with Central Division titles and playoff appearances. He was named Coach of the Year in 2002. However, the Pistons fired Carlisle after the 2002–03 season with a year remaining on his contract and hired Larry Brown. Friction between Carlisle and team ownership was cited as one of the primary reasons for the firing. Ironically, Carlisle's Pistons had just dispatched Brown's Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals.
For the 2003–04 season, Carlisle was re-hired by the Indiana Pacers, this time as its head coach (Isiah Thomas had been fired,9 almost immediately after Larry Bird was brought back as the new President of Basketball Operations). In his first season, Carlisle led the Pacers to the Central Division title and NBA's best regular-season record at 61–21 (74.4%), setting a franchise record for wins. In the playoffs, the team eliminated both the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, before losing to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. In that year, he was nominated coach for the All-Star Game.10 In 2005, the Pacers roster was decimated by injuries (most notably, those of Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley), and suspensions (due to the Pacers–Pistons brawl attributed to Ron Artest at The Palace of Auburn Hills). Carlisle was still able to rally the Pacers to the NBA Playoffs that season, though. As the sixth seed, they again defeated the Boston Celtics in the first round, before being defeated once again by the eventual Eastern Conference champion, the Detroit Pistons.
After the Pacers finished the 2006–07 season with a 35–47 record (missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997), Carlisle's tenure as head coach ended;11 it is unclear whether he voluntarily resigned, was fired, or was pushed to resign. In four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Carlisle compiled a 181–147 record.12 On June 12, 2007, Carlisle announced that he would also resign from his position as Executive Vice-president of the Pacers. After leaving Indiana, Carlisle worked as a studio analyst13 for ESPN before signing with the Dallas Mavericks as its new head coach.
On May 9, 2008, Carlisle signed a four-year deal with Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks, replacing Avery Johnson.14 He led them to a 50–32 record including a first round win against the San Antonio Spurs. They would lose to the Denver Nuggets 4–1 in the Western Conference Semifinals.415 The next year he coached the Mavs to a 55–27 record, first in Southwest Division and second in the West, but lost in the first round to the Spurs. In 2010, Dallas won sixteen of its first twenty games in a competitive Western Conference.
The 2010–11 season was Carlisle's most successful as a head coach. The Mavericks finished the regular season with a 57–25 win-loss record. On May 8, 2011, he coached the Mavericks to a sweep of the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals.
On May 25, 2011, he coached the Mavericks to a 4–1 series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, the first Conference Finals victory of his coaching career. In the 2011 NBA Finals, he coached the Mavericks to a 4–2 series victory over the Miami Heat for the franchise's first championship.16
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|DET||2001–02||82||50||32||.610||1st in Central||10||4||6||.400||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|DET||2002–03||82||50||32||.610||1st in Central||17||8||9||.471||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|IND||2003–04||82||61||21||.744||1st in Central||16||10||6||.625||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|IND||2004–05||82||44||38||.537||3rd in Central||13||6||7||.462||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|IND||2005–06||82||41||41||.500||3rd in Central||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|IND||2006–07||82||35||47||.427||4th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|DAL||2008–09||82||50||32||.610||3rd in Southwest||10||5||5||.500||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|DAL||2009–10||82||55||27||.671||1st in Southwest||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|DAL||2010–11||82||57||25||.695||2nd in Southwest||21||16||5||.762||Won NBA Championship|
|DAL||2011–12||66||36||30||.545||3rd in Southwest||4||0||4||.000||Lost in First Round|
|DAL||2012–13||82||41||41||.500||4th in Southwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|DAL||2013–14||54||32||22||.593||3rd in Southwest||-||-||-||-||TBD|
- Vecsey, Peter; Bontemps, Tim (May 3, 2008). "Sources: Mavs To Hire Carlisle". New York Post.
- ESPN – Sources: Carlisle, Mavs reach agreement on 4-year deal – NBA
- MAVERICKS: One and done: Carlisle tabbed to coach Mavs
- AFP: Mavericks reach four-year coacing deal with Carlisle
- "Celtics' Carlisle learning the routes", Nashua Telegraph, November 20, 1984, p.13.
- Carlisle won't return as Pacers head coach, published April 25, 2007
- MAVERICKS: Official release: Rick Carlisle named coach
- "Mavericks win 1st NBA crown, handle Heat and prolong LeBron's wait for ring". ESPN. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Deal done, real work begins for Rick Carlisle". espn.com. 2012-05-15.
- Rick Carlisle InsideHoops.com profile
- NBA career stats as a coach at Basketball-Reference
- Rick Carlisle profile as a coach at NBA.com