Mavs Donuts: 1-On-1 With Carlisle
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Rick Carlisle engaged in a final bit of pre-All-Star Break housekeeping this week. Immediately following a Thursday win, he entered the Mavs' inner offices and marched up to a huge panoramic photo of the 2011 NBA champs. The coach - a bit of a perfectionist - took time to straighten the wall hanging. We go 1-on-1 with Rick in Friday Donuts:

Highlights of our Q-and-A with Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle:

DONUT 1: On closing games ...

Rick: "I've got to stay patient and I’ve got to help these guys get better. When you lose a Hall-of-Famer like Kidd and you lose one of the great closers in Jet and you bring in Collison and Mayo to step into those shoes at age 25, it’s going to be challenging for them. They’ve both gotten a lot better in situations. But it's a challenge.''
DONUT 2: On explaining how the Mavs can be lethargic in an important game ...

Rick: “I can’t, exactly. We’d won a couple in a row (going into Monday's Atlanta loss). I don’t think there’s any excuse for it. I can tell you, human nature is a force we all have to fight. There’s a difference between 'feeling good' and being confidence and having swagger. When you are going good and have swagger, you should also have an edge.''

DONUT 3: On this being among his toughest seasons of coaching ...

Rick: “Each years has a set of challenges. Sometimes the challenge can be winning. If you have a really good team, the challenge can be mataining an edge and keeping things at a high level.

"This year the challenges have been multi-faceted. Health. Youth. Difficulty at ends of games at times. And yet we've had some very good wins along the way, too, but they maybe get lost in shuffle. You know, though, the last I checked, it's not supposed to be easy. They aren't paying guys $4 and $5 million salaries to come in off the street and coach. There is a reason for that, it's a high-level job and it's supposed to be challenging.''

DONUT 4: On his devotion to ...

Rick: :I’m an advocate of raising money for pancreatic cancer research. We lost a great friend in Chuck Daly four years ago. And Melvin Simon Melvin, one of the Pacers owners, was a close friend. It's the most aggressive form of cancer there is and it's the most under-screened … So we believe that we can turn it around the way breast cancer has gone, where we now have a 95-percent survival rate. It takes awareness and money for research and it's an ongoing cause for me. It's and I encourage anybody interested to get involved.''
DONUT 5: On having a go-to guy ...

Rick: “We should have five on the floor at all times. We’re a team built on balance. We average five or six guys in double-figures every night. So we need to have everybody ready.''

DONUT 6: On the ".500 Beards'' ...

Rick: “Oh, I’m in favor of it. I’ve got some whiskers. I’m not clean-shaven. … (His short haircut is a favorite of his daughter and) that’s one of many reasons. Low-maintenance. … It looks lousy either way.''

DONUT 7: The audio interview ...

The audio of our full Carlisle interview is here on 105.3 The Fan.

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DONUT 9: "Situation dire''? ...

Rick: "A night (like Monday) makes you feel the situation is really dire and you feel really terrible. But the reality is you have to bounce back.''

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DONUT 11: On improvement from Dirk Nowitzki

Rick: “Oh, yeah. He's doing better all the time.''

DONUT 12: The Final Word ...

Rick: "We’ve done an OK job of being ready. We're doing it with some younger guys, two second-round picks in the rotation, and that's unusual. That’s kind of the state of the union.''

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