NBA: Ex-Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle takes over as Indiana Pacers for the 2nd time

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NBA: Pritchard hired longtime Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Thursday, bringing back the 61-year-old NBA veteran to the team that relaunched his head coaching career almost two decades ago.

Carlisle confirmed the decision to The Associated Press, though the team had no immediate announcement.

The Pacers clearly believe Carlisle can bring balance to an experienced team that fought against a wave of injuries last season. The result was a losing record and their first playoff absence in six years.

Carlisle will get an opportunity to make a prompt fix with the same team he led from 2003-07 and took to the Eastern Conference finals in his first season with the team.

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Rick Carlisle: “This was solely my decision” on leaving Dallas Mavericks

 Rick Carlisle stepped down as coach of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, the second major departure for that franchise in as many days.

Carlisle spent 13 seasons in Dallas, leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title. His decision was announced one day after general manager Donnie Nelson and the team agreed to part ways, ending a 24-year run for Nelson as part of the organization.

This was solely my decision,” Carlisle said in a statement released to ESPN shortly before the team announced that he was leaving.

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