Richard Preston “Rick” Carlisle ( 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. .
After graduating in 1984 Carlisle was selected by the Boston Celtics in that spring’s draft (23rd pick in the third round), where he played alongside Larry Bird. Teams he played for under Celtics coach K.C. Jones won the NBA championship in 1986 against the Houston Rockets and lost in the finals in 1985 and 1987 to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In a limited reserve role from 1984 to 1987 Carlisle averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game. He then played for the CBA Albany Patroons under Bill Musselman, being signed as a free agent by the New York Knicks, where he played under coach Rick Pitino alongside emerging 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 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. 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.
On May 15, 2012, Carlisle agreed to a new 4-year deal with the Mavericks. In 2013, the Mavericks finished 41–41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000. In 2014, Carlisle led the Mavericks back to the playoffs as the eighth seed with a 49–33 record where they would meet their in state rivals San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The Mavericks lost the series in seven games as the Spurs went on to win the 2014 NBA Finals.
On January 30, 2015, he recorded his 600th win in a game against Miami.
He signed a new 5-year deal on November 5, 2015
He is also one of only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (1986)
NBA champion (2011)
NBA Coach of the Year (2002)
NBA All-Star Game head coach (2004)
Career NBA statistics
Points 422 (2.2 ppg)
Rebounds 141 (0.8 rpg)
Assists 201 (1.1 apg)