On the big move:
I would say more than anything I knew that after this year we were probably going in a different direction. Mark has been awesome to me and my family. This was probably something that needed to be done. This is something that needed to happen. It happened. We all need to go our separate ways. There is no animosity, bitterness or nothing. We just needed to go in a different direction.
On how it went down:
Mark was on the cell when Donnie and I were meeting, and you talk about friendly...absolutely. You talk about the whole body of work we put together... Why would anybody in their right mind be angry with me? We’ll put our resume in the last three years up against anybody.
On his tenure:
Yes, in the playoffs we hadn’t fared the way we wanted. We were in the Finals, which the organization had never been to. That 67-win team overachieved. This year we overachieved. We felt we got the best out of what we had.
On the recent controversies:
Whenever this situation happens with a coach you can point the fingers, but unless you are in our locker room all of it is going to be speculation. Only we know what the real deal is. I have high praise for every player who stepped on the court for the Mavericks...It is just time for a new voice. [Mark Cuban] wanted to go a different direction, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort.
The Kidd trade:
Well, right now, first of all, I think it would be an injustice to Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, Keith Grant and everybody in the organization and Jason Kidd and my son Devin Harris, who was like a son to me, whatever happened happened and now we have to move forward.
On his Finals team:
Our best team was the team that went to the finals. We were fresh, we were new and we had great bench play.
On getting calls about a new job and not having any time to address anything:
This is my first interview [Galloway and Co.]. My agent is fielding calls and talking to a few folks. My son had an accident at school today. They had to take him off on a stretcher. He’s going to be fine. I’ll be back in Dallas [Thursday to address the media].
On what he would do differently:
Hindsight’s 20-20. Maybe I would have given Devin the ball a little bit earlier, maybe started developing him a little earlier. I don’t know. I think every thing we did we stand behind it. Every move we made we thought it was the right move at the time.
On Josh Howard and the players undermining him with the party controversy:
Josh Howard has been awfully good to me. Whatever has happened is water under the bridge. Right now I am just moving on, and the next coach that comes in we wish them well. We had some unfortunate situations that happed in the later part of the season that was poor judgment.
On hearing from his players:
I have gotten 25 missed calls because my phone is ringing off the hook, and I am almost sure seven or eight have been from players. My phone has been ringing non-stop.
On his coaching staff:
Those men that were on my staff this year: Paul Westphal, Joe Prunty -- who is up and coming -- Mario Elie, Popeye Jones...If mark wants to keep those guys, I would be in strong favor of it.
On coaching again:
It depends on how everything shakes out. I am really concerned about [my coaches]. I’m not sure what my next move is. I’m going to relax and take it easy for a little bit. I got calls from Doc Rivers, obviously Gregg Popovich...and I had one of the best calls from Pat Riley.