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Just My Type
Dan Patrick
May 23, 2011
Rick Carlisle
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May 23, 2011

Just My Type

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Rick Carlisle


Carlisle is the sixth coach in NBA history to lead three different teams to the conference finals. He also won a title as a player with the Celtics.

Dan Patrick: Do you want Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook to shoot more or less against you in the Western Conference finals?

Rick Carlisle: He's gotten a lot of criticism for not passing enough. But some guys, that's just who they are. It appears to me that he's getting better and better. He's going to keep striking a better balance. [Thunder head coach] Scott Brooks is no dummy. He played point guard in the league for many, many years. He knows what's best for his team. They're encouraging [Westbrook] to play his game, which is the right thing to do.

DP: What do you think the future holds for Phil Jackson?

RC: My belief is that he's done coaching, but I don't know if he's done with professional basketball.

DP: What could Jackson do?

RC: He'd be a very attractive candidate if I were an owner and wanted to build a team.

DP: How would you feel coaching under him?

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