DALLAS -- At some point Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, Dirk Nowitzki will likely pass Reggie Miller and become the NBA's No. 15 all-time leading scorer.
The Dallas Mavericks' 11-time All-Star has 25,263 career points and is just 17 points away from passing Miller, who finished his 18-year career with 25,279 points. And there's one man who knows both players very well.
Carlisle was an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers from 1997-'00 while Miller played there, and they advanced to the NBA Finals in 2000 where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. Carlisle also was the head coach of the Pacers from 2003 until Miller retired in 2005.
In addition, Carlisle has been Nowitzki's head coach with the Mavs since 2008 and was there to help pop the champagne when Dallas captured the 2011 NBA title.
Thus, Carlisle has had the pleasure of seeing both Nowitzki and Miller during their glory years.
"Both are meticulous creatures of habit, both meticulous in their rituals, the preparation, the attention to detail, how they approach the game, care for their bodies, put winning as the priority,'' Carlisle said on Tuesday. "All that stuff is second to none with both of those guys of all the guys I’ve ever coached and played with.
"That includes quite a few Hall of Famers.''
-- Dwain Price
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