Where might former Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle go: 5. Portland
The Portland Trail Blazers have made the playoffs eight straight years but were eliminated in the first round for the fourth time in the last five. They have a superstar in Damian Lillard but keep falling short in their goal to win an NBA championship. The Trail Blazers fired head coach Terry Stotts after Lillard made noise about Portland’s ability to accomplish their goal.
Rick Carlisle would be able to step in and provide just what the Blazers need, a coach with championship knowledge. As long as Dame is in Portland, the organization will be committed to winning. Brining in Carlisle as head coach will help immensely because he is known as one of the best at making in-game adjustments.
Portland has been linked to Jason Kidd, who turned down their interview, and Chauncy Billups. Billups, who is currently an assistant coach for the LA Clippers, seems to be getting a lot of recognition around the league. He won a championship as a player in 2004 and is known as a coach that players want to play for, Damian Lilliard included.
Rick Carlisle should shoot to the top of their list, but the former Dallas Mavericks coach will have plenty of options.
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