NBA Twitter in a state of shock after Rick Carlisle news drop

Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks. (Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks. (Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Twitter cannot believe Rick Carlisle stepped down as the Dallas Mavericks head coach.

One day after long-time general manager Donnie Nelson left the organization, the Dallas Mavericks will have to look for a new head coach as well with Rick Carlisle abruptly resigning.

Carlisle had been the Mavericks’ head coach since the 2008-09 NBA season. This was his third stint as an NBA head coach, and by far and away his most successful. Dallas made the Western Conference Playoffs in nine of his 13 seasons. The Mavericks won two Southwest Division titles under his watch, as well as the 2011 NBA Finals in his third season leading the basketball team.

Dallas is in complete turmoil right now with seemingly only Mark Cuban and Luka Doncic left.

Mavericks: NBA Twitter erupts in a fiery blaze after Rick Carlisle’s resignation

At 61-years-old, Carlisle would be a candidate for seemingly any other potential head-coaching vacancy. The one that easily makes the most sense for him would be one of the teams he played for in the Boston Celtics.

While Boston is looking very hard at a former NBA player to be its next head coach, other organizations such as the New Orleans Pelicans and the Portland Trail Blazers could be interested in Carlisle as well. He might even consider returning to the Indiana Pacers for a second stab at at.

What this all really means is Dallas has to be so incredibly toxic right now for a Hall-of-Fame-level coach to willingly walk away from coaching a budding superstar out on the wing in Doncic.

It has been a long 10 years since the Mavericks last won a playoff series. They have bowed out in the first round in each of their last six postseason appearances. The last time the Mavericks won a playoff series, they won the 2011 NBA Finals over the Miami Heat in LeBron James’ first season with the team. He had still yet to win an NBA Finals at that point of his illustrious NBA career.

Ultimately, you can safely say the pets heads are falling off in Dallas organization this week.

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