Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/7/14
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DALLASWhen the Mavericks lost top assistant Terry Stotts this summer as he became the new head coach in Portland, Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle was left with a big vacancy on his coaching staff. But Carlisle went with someone he knew, both on a personal and professional basis by bringing in Jim O'Brien, the former head coach of the Celtics, Sixers and most recently the Pacers to fill the vacancy left by Stotts' departure to Rip City. The veteran 60-year-old coach had most recently been with Indiana, but was fired after 44 games in the 2010-11 season. But other than having an impressive coaching resume at the collegiate and professional levels, the most interesting thing about him being hired by the Mavs is the history he has with Carlisle. See, back when the Mavs coach was still a player he spent one season with the Knicks, the 1987-88 season. New York was then being coached by Rick Pitino and O'Brien was an assistant on Pitino's staff. He and Carlisle became close and have mainta...
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