Rick Carlisle is heading back to Indiana for his second head coaching stint with the Pacers. Earlier this morning, the 19-year NBA head coaching veteran signed a four-year, $29 million deal with the franchise.
While he’s now moved on from his longtime post with the Mavericks, Carlisle still has some words of advice for the Dallas organization.
When asked who he thinks should be the Mavs’ next head coach, Carlisle had one of his former players in mind.
“It’s hard to put an exact finger on it,” Carlisle said, via NBA insider Tim MacMahon. “It’s just a feeling that I had that it would be mutually beneficial. My hope is that Jason Kidd will be the next coach of the Mavs because he and Luka have so many things in common as players.
“I just think that it would be a great situation for Luka, and I think it would be an amazing situation for Jason. I’m the only person on the planet that’s coached both of those guys and that knows about all of their special qualities as basketball players. To me, that just would be a great marriage, but that’s just an opinion.”
Carlisle (cont.): "I just think that it would be a great situation for Luka, and I think it would be an amazing situation for Jason. I’m the only person on the planet that’s coached both of those guys and that knows about all of their special qualities as basketball players."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 24, 2021
Carlisle coached Jason Kidd from 2007-12, winning an NBA championship with the superstar point guard in 2011. The longtime Mavs head coach has also coached Luka Doncic for the past three seasons — another superstar player that he believes shares some similar qualities with Kidd.
Just one year after his retirement from the NBA, Kidd broke into the head coaching world. In 2013-14, the No. 2 all-time assists leader claimed the top job for the Brooklyn Nets — notching a 44-38 record in his first year at the helm. From there, he took a job as the Bucks’ head coach in 2014-15. Through four seasons in Milwaukee, he logged a 139-152 overall record.
After a one-year hiatus from coaching, Kidd took an assistant job with the Los Angeles Lakers — helping them to an NBA title in 2020.
While Kidd has been mentioned in several NBA coaching searches this offseason, he’s been most heavily linked to the Orlando Magic job.