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Rick Carlisle: Back to the Indiana Pacers as Head Coach

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Former Pacers Coach Rick Carlisle has comeback to the Pacers

The Pacers after just one season got rid of Nate Bjorkgren. The Pacers started the interviewing process and it was reported that Steve Clifford, Brian Shaw, and Bloomington North native Terry Stotts all were getting interviewed. Rick Carlisle decided he wanted to move on from the Mavs and accept a new challenge, and we have one for him.

The Pacers reportedly have signed Rick Carlisle to a 4 year $29 Mil deal. His task will be to get the Pacers back in the playoff picture and contending in the Eastern Conference. The cupboard is not bare, but we need to get everything clicking again. All five of the projected starters are under contract in PG-Malcolm Brogdon, SG-Caris LeVert, SF- T.J. Warren, PF- Myles Turner, C-Domantas Sabonis.

Rick Carlisle’s Coaching Timeline

Rick Carlisle spent 2 seasons with the Detroit Pistons going 100-64, but 12-15 in the playoffs. After that, he would come back to Indiana, where he previously was an assistant coach. He spent 4 seasons with the Pacers going 181-147 and 18-17 in the playoffs. Coach Carlisle would then go onto 13 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks going 555-478 and 33-38 in the playoffs.

Most will remember his run in 2010-2011 as the Mavericks won the NBA Championship defeating the superteam that the Miami Heat assembled. Sadly his first run with the Pacers might be remembered for the Malice in the Palace.

Indiana Pacers Looking forward

The Pacers had a small chance to move up in the NBA Draft Lottery but stayed in the #13 position. We will see where the Pacers go with that pick and what Coach Rick Carlisle can put together with this Indiana Pacers squad. This is a great hire for the Indiana Pacers.

After last season the Pacers were on the market for a veteran coach and they brought back one of the better ones. This team at the very least will be back in the playoffs and hopefully make some noise in the Eastern Conference. Continue to follow on Twitter @Justis15 and go to our website for all of your sports needs!

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