DALLAS (WBAP/KLIF) – Rick Carlisle will not return to the Dallas Mavericks next season.
The team announced that Carlisle has stepped down on Thursday.
“Rick informed me today about his decision to step down as head coach,” said Mark Cuban. “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.”
Carlisle, the winningest coach in franchise history, was hired on May 9, 2008 and recently completed his 13th season with Dallas. He posted a record of 555-478 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. He is one of only 14 individuals to win an NBA championship as both a player and a head coach.
Carlisle’s announcement comes a day after it was made public that the Mavericks and longtime General Manager Donnie Nelson mutually agreed to part ways. Earlier this week, an article in The Athletic highlighted possible tension in the Mavericks front office. Cuban dismissed that claim.
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