After the Mavs swept the Lakers out of the playoffs on sunday, all the talk was about phil jackson's future; raving on on about what a legend he was. Sure, Jackson is a great coach, but how about giving a little credit to Rick Carlisle. Although Carlisle never won a championship, he has always gotten the most out of his team. From the 2000 pacers that went to the finals, to the 2001 and 2002 Pistons, the 2003-2006 Pacer teams that were perenial playoff teams; Rick Carlisle got the job done until the very end of his tenure with the Pacers. Even after the disaster in Detroit, the Pacers still made the playoffs 2 years in a row after the incident with mostly role players and subs as most of the starters were injured or suspended. The team only started losing once JOB took over, which goes to show the difference Carlisle made. I remember the wanning moments of Carlisle's tenure with the Pacers and there were a lot of people pushing him out the door as the team was no longer behind him. though I'm not saying it was the wrong decision to let Carlisle walk, just saying Carlisle was a very very good coach. And now Rick Carlisle is showing the world exactly that; the Mavs were able to stun the world by sweeping the Lakers much in part due to Rick Carlisle's strategies against the Lakers offense. The Mavs had a reputation of being a poor defensive team before Carlisle, and now he has totally change the identity of that team. Of all the people that were to be blamed for their participation in ' the Malice', Rick Carlisle has definitely been one of the victims of that incident, but at least now he has been given a second chance. I am rooting for the Mavs to win it all simply because of Carlisle.