bwgood77 wrote:How is Rick Carlisle doing so bad with the Pacers? They have a lot of talent. I always thought he was one of the best coaches.
I said it ad nauseam for the last 3 years of the Carlisle era in Dallas… he is divisive, plays favorites, and is an absolute garbage head coach without a top 5 player on his team.
Yeah, but lots of fans of teams complain about their coach regarding everything.
I agree he may wear out his welcome with some.
However, take the Pistons for example. He took that team with no names before he got there (Billups, Rip, Prince, Ben Wallace) and made them a near contender instantly.
Now you gift him Rasheed Wallace the next year like Larry Brown got, he likely wins it all, but for whatever reason Larry Brown got to take the credit of something Carlisle basically built.
Carlisle did win a championship in 2011 against all odds. Everyone credits Dirk and only Dirk but you gotta give the coach some credit for basically winning every series, dominating the Lakers and Thunder. That took a lot from the coach too to get the most out of an aging supporting cast.
Then his team in Indy looked like the best team in the east that year until the Malice in the Palace and all the suspensions.