Congratulations Rick Carlisle

This is a great opportunity to wish congratulations to ex-Pacers coach Rick Carlisle. Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to a 4-2 NBA Finals series win over the vaunted Miami Heat, culminating with last night’s convincing 105-95 decider on Miami’s homecourt. Carlisle has long been noted as one of the top tacticians in the NBA. Now he has some jewelry to prove his mettle as a head coach.

Any coach who can take an aging, seemingly over-the-hill group of veterans with only one star player and win an NBA championship is noteworthy. When was the last time that happened? Carlisle didn’t give in to excuses and he didn’t sulk when one of his best players, Caron Butler, went down for the season. He and his team doubled their resolve and confounded the critics by rolling to an NBA title.

Congratulations Coach Carlisle. You deserve it.

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