DALLAS -- Rick Carlisle has three of his former assistants who are currently head coaches in the NBA. And just by the luck of the NBA draw, the Dallas Mavericks just played all three of them in consecutive games.
And that's not counting Friday's 107-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets and first-year coach Jason Kidd, who was the starting point guard for Carlisle when the Mavs won the 2011 NBA title.
Back on Jan. 18, the Mavs lost to coach Terry Stotts and the Portland Trail Blazers 127-111. Stotts was a Mavs' assistant under Carlisle from 2008-'12.
Last Monday at Cleveland the Mavs beat Mike Brown and the Cavaliers 102-97. Brown was an assistant under Calisle in Indiana from 2003-'05.
This past Wednesday in Toronto, the Raptors and coach Dwane Casey came from 21 points down to defeat the Mavs 93-85. Casey was an assistant with the Mavs under Carlisle from 2008-'11.
-- Dwain Price
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