Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Rick Carlisle earned his reputation as one of the game’s top coaches by bending flexing and adjusting all the way to a six-game championship take-down of the Miami Heat in 2011. Recall 5-foot-10 point guard J.J. Barea as an NBA Finals starting shooting guard? The Dallas Mavericks have since gone 77-72 and haven’t won another playoff game. And despite a roster that’s read like a well-worn Rolodex Carlisle has seemed only to enhance his image as an elite tactician and motivator. Carlisle’s agility will be put to the test again this season in guiding a team that again barely resembles the one that preceded it. From the 2010-11 championship team only Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion remain. From the revamped squad insufficiently stocked to defend the title add only Brandan Wright and Vince Carter as keepers. And from last season add draft picks Jae Crowder and Bernard James. It’s doubtful any coach especially one that won a ring with the same franchise just three Junes ago has witnessed such roster upheaval in three consecutive offseasons and particularly so in these back-to-back summers. “Back-to-back probably not” Carlisle admitted. “But look we’re living in a different time. We’re living in a time now where there’s going to be more one-year deals there’s going to be more turnover so everybody adjusts to the dynamics of the new CBA and I don’t know that that’s going to happen for another year or two at least. That said if you’re going to be a head coach in this league you’ve got to be very open-minded you’ve got to be open to change and adaptation. You always want continuity but you’re not always going to have it.” The Mavs suffered the indignity of a lockout and the ratification of a game-changing collective bargaining agreement on the heels of their championship parade. On the fly owner Mark Cuban championed new roster-building strategies that entailed allowing key members of his title team to walk. Plan A to create cap space and lure max-dollar free agents to crowbar Nowitzki’s championship window hasn’t panned out and Dallas has instead scrambled the last two summers to produce competitive rosters.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sean Payton on firing Rob Ryan: Status quo ‘would be madness’

Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

Report: Greg Hardy cancels club event after 'catching heat'

Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland after A's-Astros trade

Mike Pettine discusses Johnny Manziel’s present, future

John Farrell: Ortiz's retirement announcement 'bittersweet'


Mark McGwire expected to be named Padres bench coach

Belichick on Peyton Manning benching: 'It's not our decision'

Report: Baylor's Jarrett Stidham out for regular season

Reporter believes Browns are 'ready to move on' from Manziel

Slow start not a problem for Utah Jazz

Marshawn Lynch to be out a month following hernia surgery

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker