Rick Carlisle
Carlisle in 2011
Indiana Pacers
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1959-10-27) October 27, 1959 (age 64)
Ogdensburg, New York, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft1984: 3rd round, 70th overall pick
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1984–1989
PositionShooting guard
Number34, 3, 12
Coaching career1989–present
Career history
As player:
19841987Boston Celtics
1987Albany Patroons
19871988New York Knicks
1989New Jersey Nets
As coach:
19891994New Jersey Nets (assistant)
19941997Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
19972000Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20012003Detroit Pistons
20032007Indiana Pacers
20082021Dallas Mavericks
2021–presentIndiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points422 (2.2 ppg)
Rebounds141 (0.8 rpg)
Assists201 (1.1 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Richard Preston Carlisle (/ˈkɑːrll/ KAR-lyle; born October 27, 1959) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1][2][3][4] As a player, Carlisle played for the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets. He is one of only 11 people to win an NBA championship as both a player and a coach.[5]

Playing career

Carlisle was raised in Lisbon, New York. He attended Lisbon Central High School, then spent a year at Worcester Academy. Carlisle played two years of college basketball at the University of Maine from 1979 to 1981, before transferring to the University of Virginia.[6] He was a starter for the 1982–83 Virginia Cavaliers team that featured the three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson. UVA was the number one ranked team in the country prior to being defeated by Chaminade on December 23, 1982. In the 1983 NCAA tournament, UVA was the number one seed in the West and made it to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual NCAA national champion North Carolina State. Carlisle was the co-captain on the 1983–84 Cavaliers team and helped lead them to the Final Four where they lost 49–47 in overtime to the Houston Cougars team led by Hakeem Olajuwon. Carlisle averaged 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during his college career.


After graduating in 1984, Carlisle was selected 70th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1984 NBA draft, where he played alongside Larry Bird. Under Celtics' coach K. C. Jones, Carlisle won the NBA championship in 1986 and lost in the finals in 1985 and 1987. In the 1986 NBA finals series, in limited playing time, Carlisle made every shot he took (3 for 3). [7]

In a limited reserve role from 1984 to 1987, Carlisle averaged 2.2 points, 1.0 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game. He then played for the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) under Bill Musselman. Carlisle then signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks, where he played under coach Rick Pitino alongside emerging star Patrick Ewing. In 1989, Carlisle played in five games with the New Jersey Nets under Bill Fitch.

Coaching career

Later in 1989, Carlisle accepted an assistant coaching position with the Nets, where he spent five seasons under Bill Fitch and Chuck Daly. In 1994, Carlisle joined the assistant coaching staff with the Portland Trail Blazers under coach P. J. Carlesimo, where he spent three seasons.

In 1997, Carlisle joined the Indiana Pacers organization as an assistant coach under former teammate Larry Bird. During his time as Pacers assistant coach, Carlisle helped the Pacers to two of their best seasons ever. First, in 1997–98, the Pacers stretched the Chicago Bulls to the limit, narrowly losing the deciding seventh game of the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual NBA champion. Then, in 1999–2000 season, the Pacers made the NBA Finals for the first time, ultimately losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.[8] Bird stepped down as coach and pushed for Carlisle to be selected as his replacement, but Pacers' team president Donnie Walsh gave the job to Isiah Thomas.[9]

Detroit Pistons (2001–2003)

For the 2001–02 season, Carlisle was hired by the Detroit Pistons to be their new head coach. In two seasons as head coach, he led the team to consecutive 50–32 records (.610) with Central Division titles and playoff appearances. Carlisle was named Coach of the Year in 2002. However, the Pistons fired Carlisle after the 2002–03 season with a year remaining on his contract and hired Larry Brown. Friction between Carlisle and team ownership was cited as one of the primary reasons for the firing. Carlisle's Pistons had just dispatched Brown's Philadelphia 76ers in the Conference Semifinals before being swept by the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference finals.

Indiana Pacers (2003–2007)

Carlisle in 2005

For the 2003–04 season, Carlisle returned to the Pacers as head coach to replace Isiah Thomas, who had been fired almost immediately after Larry Bird was brought back as the new President of Basketball Operations.[10] In his first season, Carlisle led the Pacers to the Central Division title and NBA's best regular-season record at 61–21 (74.4%), setting a franchise record for wins (both in the NBA and ABA). In the playoffs, the team eliminated the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat before losing to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals. That year, Carlisle coached the East All-Stars at the All-Star Game.[11]

In 2005, the Pacers roster was decimated by injuries, most notably, those of Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Jamaal Tinsley, and suspensions from the Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills, which resulted in Ron Artest being suspended for the rest of the season, Jackson being suspended for 30 games, and O'Neal being suspended for 15 games. The Pacers still made the NBA playoffs that season. As the sixth seed, they again defeated the Boston Celtics in the first round before being defeated again by the eventual Eastern Conference champion, the Detroit Pistons.

The Pacers slipped to a .500 record in 2005–06 and barely made the playoffs, losing in the first round. Despite this, Bird and Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh did not hold Carlisle responsible for the Pacers' lackluster performances in the past two seasons, signing him to a multiyear contract extension and giving him the title of executive vice president of basketball operations.[12]

After the Pacers finished the 2006–07 season with a 35–47 record, missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997, Bird fired Carlisle. Carlisle understood the decision, saying that the Pacers needed "a new voice." In four seasons with the Pacers, he compiled a 181–147 record.[13] The Pacers offered to let Carlisle stay on in the front office, but Carlisle also resigned that post on June 12, 2007.[14]

After leaving Indiana, Carlisle worked as a studio analyst for ESPN[15] before signing with the Dallas Mavericks as the team's new head coach.

Dallas Mavericks (2008–2021)

2008–2018: Dirk Nowitzki era

Carlisle in 2009

On May 9, 2008, Carlisle signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, replacing Avery Johnson.[16]

In the regular season, the Mavericks finished with a record of 50–32. In the playoffs, the team pulled off a first round upset win against the San Antonio Spurs, then lost to the Denver Nuggets 1–4 in the Western Conference semifinals.[4][17]

The next year, Carlisle coached the Mavericks to a 55–27 record, first in Southwest Division and second in the Western Conference, but lost in the first round to the Spurs in the 2010 NBA playoffs.

2010–11 season: NBA championship

The 2010–11 season was Carlisle's most successful as a head coach. To strengthen the team, Dallas acquired Tyson Chandler, Peja Stojaković, Corey Brewer, and Ian Mahinmi. An existing core of Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Caron Butler, and Jason Kidd, the team had clear championship aspirations. To start the season, Dallas won 16 of its first 20 games in a competitive Western Conference. They finished the regular season with a 57–25 record.

In the first round, the Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers four games to two. On May 8, 2011, they swept the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. On May 25, 2011, the Mavericks got a 4–1 series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. This marked Carlisle's first Conference Finals victory of his coaching career, leading to his first NBA Finals appearance.

In the 2011 NBA Finals, Carlisle coached the Mavericks to a 4–2 series victory over the Miami Heat for the franchise's first championship.[18]

2012–2018: Post–championship success

In the 2012 playoffs, the Mavericks were swept by the Thunder in the first round. On May 15, 2012, Carlisle agreed to a new four-year deal with the Mavericks.

In 2013, the Mavericks finished 41–41 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

In 2014, Carlisle led the Mavericks back to the playoffs as the eighth seed with a 49–33 record where they would meet the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The Mavericks lost in seven games and the Spurs went on to win the 2014 NBA Finals.[19]

In 2015, the Mavericks finished 50–32, but were defeated in five games by the Houston Rockets in the first round.

On January 30, 2015, Carlisle recorded his 600th win in a game against the Miami Heat.[20] On November 1, 2015, Carlisle recorded his 340th win as Mavericks coach, passing Don Nelson as the winningest coach in franchise history.[21] Four days later, Carlisle signed a new five-year deal with Dallas on November 5, 2015.

In 2016, the Mavericks finished sixth in the Western Conference, but were defeated in five games by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On December 2, 2017, Carlisle recorded his 700th win in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers.[22]

2018–2021: Luka Dončić era

During the 2018 NBA draft, the Mavericks traded for Luka Dončić and drafted a second round standout Jalen Brunson. In 2019, the team acquired Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porziņģis. In 2020, the Mavericks made the playoffs for the first time in three years as the 7th seed in the conference, losing in six games to the Los Angeles Clippers.

On January 13, 2021, Carlisle recorded his 800th win in a game against the Charlotte Hornets.[23]

In 2021, the Mavericks made the playoffs for the second consecutive year, again set to play the Los Angeles Clippers. This year, the Mavericks entered as the 5th seed in the Western Conference and as Division Champions but lost in seven games to the Clippers.

On June 17, 2021, Carlisle stepped down as the Mavericks' head coach with two years remaining on his contract.[24][25]

Return to Indiana (2021–present)

On June 24, 2021, Carlisle was hired as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers, returning to the franchise for a second stint. His contract was a reported $29 million over four years.[26]

Upon Carlisle's arrival in Indiana, the team began a rebuilding process, departing from core players Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, T.J. Warren, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday, and Torrey Craig. During this period, the Pacers received young rising superstar Tyrese Haliburton, who Carlisle referred to as "an elite young point guard that affects the game positively in many, many ways."[27] The Pacers also acquired Obi Toppin, Jalen Smith, Aaron Nesmith and Jordan Nwora all from the 2020 NBA draft. In addition, the team acquired multiple first–round draft picks, sharpshooter Buddy Hield, Daniel Theis, and Tristan Thompson. With their numerous draft picks, the team selected Bennedict Mathurin, Jarace Walker, Andrew Nembhard, Chris Duarte, Isaiah Jackson, and Ben Sheppard. The Pacers missed the 2022 and 2023 NBA playoffs with a combined 60–104 record.

On October 26, 2023, Carlisle agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Indiana, extending beyond the 2024–25 season.[28]

On November 6, 2023, Carlisle recorded his 900th win in a 41-point blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs.[29]

In 2024, after a two-year rebuild and acquiring Pascal Siakam, Carlisle's Pacers finished with a 47–35 record as the 6th seed, qualifying for the 2024 NBA Playoffs, where they reached the Eastern Conference Finals.

Personal life

Carlisle married pediatrician Dr. Donna Nobile in 2000.[30] They have a daughter, Abby, born c. 2005.[31] Carlisle is an avid pianist and private pilot, who as of September 2015 had logged nearly 200 hours flying his Cirrus SR22T single-engine light aircraft.[32][33]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship


1984–85 Boston 38 0 4.7 .388 .000 .882 .6 .7 .1 .0 1.8
1985–86 Boston 77 1 9.9 .487 .000 .652 1.0 1.4 .2 .1 2.6
1986–87 Boston 42 0 7.1 .326 .313 .750 .7 .8 .2 .0 1.9
1987–88 New York 26 0 7.8 .433 .353 .909 .5 1.2 .4 .2 2.8
1989–90 New Jersey 5 0 4.2 .143 .000 .0 1.0 .2 .2 .4
Career 188 0 7.8 .422 .229 .775 .8 1.1 .2 .0 2.2

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Detroit 2001–02 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 10 4 6 .400 Lost in Conference semifinals
Detroit 2002–03 82 50 32 .610 1st in Central 17 8 9 .471 Lost in Conference finals
Indiana 2003–04 82 61 21 .744 1st in Central 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conference finals
Indiana 2004–05 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Central 13 6 7 .585 Lost in Conference semifinals
Indiana 2005–06 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Central 6 2 4 .333 Lost in first round
Indiana 2006–07 82 35 47 .427 4th in Central Missed playoffs
Dallas 2008–09 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Southwest 10 5 5 .500 Lost in Conference semifinals
Dallas 2009–10 82 55 27 .671 1st in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in first round
Dallas 2010–11 82 57 25 .695 2nd in Southwest 21 16 5 .762 Won NBA Championship
Dallas 2011–12 66 36 30 .545 3rd in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in first round
Dallas 2012–13 82 41 41 .500 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2013–14 82 49 33 .598 4th in Southwest 7 3 4 .429 Lost in first round
Dallas 2014–15 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Southwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in first round
Dallas 2015–16 82 42 40 .512 2nd in Southwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in first round
Dallas 2016–17 82 33 49 .402 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2017–18 82 24 58 .293 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2018–19 82 33 49 .402 5th in Southwest Missed playoffs
Dallas 2019–20 75 43 32 .573 2nd in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in first round
Dallas 2020–21 72 42 30 .583 1st in Southwest 7 3 4 .429 Lost in first round
Indiana 2021–22 82 25 57 .305 4th in Central Missed playoffs
Indiana 2022–23 82 35 47 .427 4th in Central Missed playoffs
Indiana 2023–24 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Central 17 8 9 .471 Lost in Conference finals
Career 1,771 943 828 .532   150 71 79 .473  


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