is at it again. Quote of the year? Or just another day in the life interviewing the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks?
It’s always fun having a creative coach. It usually means trick plays, exciting games and the occasional upset win. In the case of Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, his creativity led a veteran squad to the first NBA championship in Mavericks history in 2011.
However, Carlisle’ creativity is not something that he leaves on the court. Over the last few years Mavericks fans have become accustomed to Carlisle’s random analogies, hilarious comparisons and blunt answers that borderline a mixture of Bill Belichick and Greg Popovich. Here is Carlisle’s best impersonation of Pop.
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Carlisle’ most recent comments that have entertained the NBA came just a few days ago when he compared the Mavericks shooting woes against Miami by saying, “we couldn’t hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle”, an accurate and fair but very odd comparison.
“We couldn’t hit a bull in the ass with a bass fiddle.” – Rick Carlisle
It would seem that with Carlisle’ most recent one liner that he is in the running for quote of the year, there is an award for that right?
The ultimate question now is if whether or not that is Carlisle’s most memorable quote during his time in Dallas. Here are a few others that you might remember from over the years.
In 2011, after the Mavericks decisively swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs, Carlisle was asked about retiring. His response?
Carlisle has never been shy with reporters, but he does carry a certain mischievousness, humor and grace that are lacking from the likes of Belichick and Popovich. While he might ignore a reporters question or answer with some wild out of the blue but carefully thought out sentence, Carlisle usually gets back around to the point and answers the question. He just likes to have a little bit of fun along the way.
In 2012, Carlisle was asked about the one game suspension of journey man guard . Carlisle proceeded to suggest that reporters listen to King of Anything by Sarah Bareilles.
“it’s a song about people who should mind their own (expletive) business.” – Rick Carlisle
Sometimes it’s what Carlisle doesn’t say that gets the message across. After being fined $25,000 for his comments about the officiating during game three of the playoff series with Houston last spring, Carlisle showed up to the game four post-game press conference with a piece of tape.
On December 23 in an
with ESPN Staff Writer Tim MacMahon, Carlisle’s comments took a more serious approach in regards to the Dallas Mavericks lack of consistency. “Look, if it’s going to be like that, these guys aren’t going to be Mavericks very long,” Carlisle said, “I can promise you that.”
Whether it’s something serious, funny or just unbelievably witty, Carlisle might just be the most quotable coach ever.