DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Just 24 hours after Dallas Mavericks head coach GM and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson was fired, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle has resigned his position effective immediately, he announced on Thursday.
"After a number of in-person conversations with Mark Cuban over the last week, today I informed him that I will not be returning as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks," Carlisle said in a statement. "This was solely my decision. My family and I have had an amazing 13-year experience working with great people in a great city. it has been an honor to work alongside Mark, Cynt, Donnie, Fin, Keith, Dirk, JKidd, and every player and assistant coach I have had her. Dallas will always be home, but I am excited about the next chapter of my coaching career."
Per a separate report from ESPN's Tim MacMahon, there was allegedly a growing tension between Carlisle and Mavs superstar Luka Doncic, that was a concern within the organization.
Carlisle was originally hired by Mark Cuban in May of 2008, following the firing of former head coach Avery Johnson.
"Rick informed me today about his decision to step down as head coach,” said Mark Cuban. “On top of being a tremendous basketball coach, he was also a friend and a confidant. Rick helped us bring the 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.”
In 13 seasons with Dallas, Carlisle amassed 836 wins and 689 losses (54.8-percent winning percentage) and took the Mavs to the playoffs in nine out of those 13 seasons.
Alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Carlisle also led Dallas to its first and only NBA title in 2011 and has won two division titles (2009-10 and 2020-21).
Carlisle had struggled at the helm over the last decade, however, failing to advance Dallas past the first round of the playoffs a single time in six chances since the 2011 title.