Rick Carlisle informs Mark Cuban he will not return as Mavs' head coach

Rick Carlisle informs Mark Cuban he will not return as Mavs' head coach

The Mavericks released the following press release this afternoon:

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that Rick Carlisle has stepped down as head coach.

“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 (.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. 

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