Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle thoroughly understands NBA basketball in 2011. It's allowed him to guide a very unlikely group of different athletes at different times of their careers into the NBA Finals.
That was a clear message that came through in Carlisle's interview on Norm Hitzges show Thursday morning on KTCK/1310 AM The Ticket.
Carlisle, an old NBA guard, didn't take off his game face. Asked how he celebrated the Western Conference championship victory over Oklahoma City, Carlisle didn't hesitate: "Well, there nothing to celebrate yet."
Carlisle noted that he has been in the NBA Finals four times, three times as a player and once as an assistant coach (winning once, with the Celtics in 1986, losing with the Celtics in '85 and '87, and as an assistant with the Pacers in 2000), and second place, he said, means nothing.
So how did the Mavericks get this far? Among items Carlisle touched on with Hitzges:
-- Vince Langford