DALLAS -- In a poll conducted by NBA.com which was released Tuesday, the NBA general managers named Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle as the second-best coach in the league at making in-game adjustments.
Carlisle said he didn't even see the results of the poll and had other more pressing things on his mind.
"I've been around a long time and I find myself as one of the more experienced guys, and so it's a lot of (head coaches) out there these guys don't know,'' Carlisle said after Wednesday morning's shoot around at American Airlines Center. "So there's a limited number of guys to pick from then.
"But I haven't paid a lot of attention to those things. They can be distracting from trying to get your team to play, and this is a hard league to win in.''
The general managers picked San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich as the head coach who makes the best in-game adjustments. That doesn't bother Carlisle.
"I'm really focused on this game tonight (against the Atlanta Hawks) and trying to get ready for a week from tonight,'' Carlisle said. "Those things, I don't pay a lot of attention to it.
"But I always try to work hard and get our guys ready.''
-- Dwain Price
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