According to reports, the Dallas Mavericks’ decision to part ways with Rick Carlisle was mutual. At this point, there appears to be no bad blood between the organization and their now-former head coach. This doesn’t mean, however, that Mavs players weren’t happy to see him go.
In a lengthy writeup by Tim Cato of The Athletic, he depicts Carlisle as an outstanding coach that fulfilled his role well with the Mavs. However, Cato also pointed out that Carlisle wasn’t exactly the best person to be around whenever he lost his patience. The article described how Carlisle was constantly “lashing out verbally” at some of his players as well as how the tenured coach regularly had “angry outbursts directed at inanimate objects.” As such, there has been a general “shared sense of relief” now that Carlisle is no longer with the squad.
We earlier reported that Mavs superstar Luka Doncic did not exactly see eye-to-eye with Carlisle. This recent revelation also points to the fact that aside from Doncic, Carlisle may have also had strained relationships with other players on the squad. Apparently, this also extended to other members of the organization as well.
The Mavs now enter the offseason with a big decision in their hands. It could be said that the team is at a crucial juncture right now both on and off the basketball court. Whoever they end up hiring as the team’s new head coach will clearly play a significant role in this team’s short- and long-term future.