DALLAS – With an 11-10 record in games decided by three points or less, this season has been very challenging for Rick Carlisle.
But the Dallas Mavericks’ coach wouldn’t have it any other way.
“You want it challenging,’’ Carlisle said. “That’s why these jobs tend to pay more than other jobs.
“Otherwise, they’d be pulling people off the street to be NBA coaches.’’
Armed with nine new players for the second straight season, the Mavs have posted a 49-32 record going into Wednesday’s regular season finale. More importantly, the Mavs are back in the playoffs after missing out on the postseason festivities last season.
All of this is sweet music to Carlisle’s ears.
“One of the things I’ve liked about the last three years is it’s been the kind of challenge you want in coaching – to get different groups of guys, find the best formula and try to help them win as many games as possible,’’ Carlisle said. “So here we are, and this was another nine-new-guys situation, but good players.
“I like the roster and I’ve enjoyed working with these guys. They’ve been very professional, they’ve worked hard, and they’ve worked not only to win games, but to try to stay healthy and all those things that are important when you’re trying to win games.’’
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