DALLAS 'We've got an extremely attractive situation here,' Rick Carlisle said recently. 'We've got a great owner, it's a great city, the physical setup is second to none in terms of the proximity of everything and this is a franchise that's always going to be in the hunt.'
And now Carlisle is locked in as part of the future with a new four-year contract, announced midday Monday.
Dallas Mavericks executives said all the right things as the four-year 17.5-million contract Rick Carlisle signed in May 2008 expired at the end of this season.
"He likes us, we like him and those situations generally get worked out," GM Donnie Nelson said. "Rick's not going anywhere."
"I've got one of the top three coaches in the league," owner Mark Cuban said. "It proves the point that coaching matters. The hardest thing to do in the NBA is hire the right coach, a coach that fits your culture, your chemistry. It took us a few tries. We think we've got a great coach."
And now they're keeping him.