Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle values Phil Jackson’s wisdom

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Rick Carlisle (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Rick Carlisle (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle offered praise and admiration for Phil Jackson in a recent ESPN article. Find out more here.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle would be in the midst of his 13th playoff run in a normal season. The NBA’s suspension has put that on hold, but it that should not put a damper on the job the Mavs have done this season. They turned the corner from rebuilding back into contending.

Carlisle’s track record speaks for itself. He is in his 19th season as a head coach. Making the playoffs 13 times is no easy task. He led the Mavericks to a championship in 2011. Carlisle also piloted both the Pistons and Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in the 2000s.

Rick Carlisle is not just one of the best coaches in the NBA. He is also the President of the National Basketball Coaches Association. A position he has held 15 years. It is safe to say he knows a thing or two about leading on the court

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Values input from Jackson

Phil Jackson may be the best head coach in NBA history. He won six titles with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s before securing five heading up the Los Angeles Lakers. His 11 are two more than Red Auerbach. No other coach has ever won more than five.

Jackson retired from coaching after the Dallas Mavericks swept his Lakers in the 2011 playoffs.

He is back in the spotlight now because of The Last Dance. The documentary focusing on Michael Jordan and the 1998 Chicago Bulls has made Jackson a key figure. The coach does a masterful job eliminating the turmoil and helping the players focus on winning another ring.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne wrote a fantastic piece discussing Jackson’s impact on current NBA coaches. It is filled with stories from Doc Rivers, Steve Kerr, and others. Please check it out.

Carlisle is quoted in the piece about his relationship with Jackson. Clearly, the Mavs head man enjoys his time with the legend. He does not divulge any secrets, but there is a lot of wisdom in those chats.

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It was amazing to find out that one of the greatest coaches of all-time enjoys helping the next generation. Props to Phil Jackson for a legendary career and continuing to pay it forward since retiring.