Cuban: ‘Rick(Carlisle) helped us bring the O’Brien Trophy to Dallas, and those are memories I will always cherish’

On Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks announced that Rick Carlisle has stepped down as head coach after 13 seasons with the team.

The news comes on the heels of GM Donnie Nelson and the team mutually agreeing to part ways on Wednesday after 24 years with the team.

“Rick informed me today about his decision to step down as head coach,” said Mark Cuban said in a statement. “On top of being a tremendous 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. I want to thank Rick for all he gave this franchise and this city. We wish him all the best.”

The playoffs were disappointing for Dallas. After leading the Clippers 2-0 in their first-round series and leading 3-2 after five games, the Mavericks would lose in 7.  Dallas would lose all three of their home games in the series.

The 61-year-old Carlisle, the winningest coach in franchise history, posted a record of 555-478 (.537) with the club and led the Mavericks to the postseason nine times in his 13 seasons at the helm, including the franchise’s first World Championship in 2011.

Carlisle, who won a title as a player with Boston in 1986, is one of only 14 individuals to win an NBA championship as both a player and a head coach. He moved into 15th place on the NBA’s all-time wins list in 2020-21, passing Cotton Fitzsimmons (832) with career win No. 833 vs. Cleveland on May 7, 2021.

Mavs star Luka Doncic can sign a supermax contract with the team this summer, and hinted that he would sign the five-year, $201 million deal at press conference a day after the season ended, so you wonder what kind of input he will have on who the new coach and GM could be for Dallas.

The Mavericks had an interesting two days, but one thing is certain, the GM and coach will be different for this team next season.

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