Dallas Mavericks steps to get back on track: 3. Hire new head coach
The Mavs are going to have a difficult time replacing Rick Carlisle. He is regarded as one of the best coaches in the league. Carlisle is known for his in-game adjustments and maximizing the team’s roster.
No coach that has won a championship is expected to be available. The Mavericks must decide between a first-time head coach and available veterans. Will the focus with the hire be on Xs and Os, analytics, or relationships? The Mavs have overlooked the human element in recent years.
The biggest key for the new head coach should be developing a positive relationship with Luka Doncic. Things between the 22-year-old superstar and Carlisle were rocky. Having a new voice that gets total buy-in from Doncic could be a massive improvement for the Mavericks. Look at the Clippers replacing Doc Rivers with Tyronn Lue or the Warriors changing from Mark Jackson to Steve Kerr as an examples of teams taking a massive leap with a new head coach.
The president of basketball operations should have a significant say in this hire. It will be interesting to see where the coach ranks on their new hierarchy. They need everyone on the same page as they attempt to build out the roster around Luka Doncic.
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