DALLAS -- After he met with his players for their season-ending exit interviews Thursday, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told a story that sort of put this year's disappointing season in perspective.
It was one of those straight out of the mouths of babes type of story. Carlisle started the story off by saying:
"I think it's just so important, coaching, because it's so intensed and it's so emotional. And when you get a team with challenges like we had this year, sometimes there are things that happen along the way that put things in perspective.
"For example, back in early January we had a very, very difficult loss at home and it reall'y upset me. So I went home that night and my daughter (Abby), who is eight years old, knew that this was really upsetitng to me."
Carlisle went on to say: "So there's a room downstairs in our house where I keep all my suits so I don't have to schlep them up and down the stairs. It's one of the guest bedrooms. So I went in there and I took my stuff with me to kind of empty my suit out in the closet.
"So she came in and closed the door behind her, and she sat on the bed, and I turned around and I saw her and I said, "Hey, Abby, what's up?' She goes, "Dad, you know in life there's always going to be bumps along the road.''
That drew laughter from the assembled media.
"Now that's a true story. And at that moment it was clear to me that my focus had to shift to doing everything possible to engage our staff to figure out exactly what the strengths and weaknesses of our players were, and to move forward and find a way to make every day a little bit better if we could.''
-- Dwain Price
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