Rick Carlisle, the Dallas Mavericks’ head coach, has resigned after a 13-year career with the team.
“After a number of in-person conversations with [owner] Mark Cuban over the last week, today I informed him that I will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks,” Carlisle stated in a statement released Thursday. “This was entirely my choice. My family and I have enjoyed an incredible 13-year experience working with wonderful people in a wonderful place.”
Carlisle’s resignation follows the departure of Donnie Nelson, the veteran president of basketball operations, on Wednesday.
Carlisle, 61, called it a “honour to work alongside” to work with Cuban, Nelson, CEO Cynt Marshall, vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley, assistant general manager Keith Grant, and former players Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd.
“Dallas will always be home, but I am excited about the next chapter of my coaching career,” Carlisle said.
Carlisle has an 836-689 overall record as a head coach, having previously served as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers before joining the Dallas Mavericks in 2008. He was the NBA’s third-longest-tenured coach, trailing only Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat.
Carlisle has a 555-478 record in 13 seasons with Dallas, setting a team record for victories. He had a 33-38 postseason record with the Mavericks, who haven’t advanced past the first round since winning the NBA title a decade ago.
“Rick informed me today about his decision to step down as head coach,” Cuban said in a statement. “On top of being a tremendous basketball coach, he was also a friend and a confidant. Rick helped us bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Dallas and those are memories I will always cherish.
“I want to thank Rick for all he gave this franchise and this city. We wish him all the best.”
Cuban said the Mavs will look for a new head of basketball operations before conducting a coaching search.
League sources told ESPN that the tension between Carlisle and 22-year-old star Luka Doncic had become a significant concern within the organization. Doncic had multiple public disagreements with Carlisle this season, such as making gestures on the court when he disagreed with a decision or yelling at Carlisle in front of coaches and players.
Doncic has a strong relationship with longtime Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley, who is a possible candidate to replace Carlisle.