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Around The Realm: Carlisle to Pacers, Kidd to Mavericks, Billups to Trail Blazers

The coaching carousel is in full swing.

Welcome to Around The Realm, where we discuss news from around the NBA.

Pacers hire Rick Carlisle

After leaving the Mavericks with two years left on his contract, Rick Carlisle has agreed to a new contract with the Indiana Pacers.

Carlisle is a top tier NBA coach and should help the Pacers as they attempt to break out of the lower-end of the Eastern playoff bracket.

Carlisle was an assistant coach for the Pacers under Larry Bird, and was the Pacers head coach from 2003-2007.

Mavericks hire Kidd and go full Kangz

The Dallas Mavericks are hiring Jason Kidd as their new head coach and Nico  Harrison as their new GM. Harrison comes from a position as a Nike executive.

Let's take a quick moment to note all the ways that Mark Cuban has gone full Kangz in the last couple of weeks:

  • Had an analytics-centric outsider disrupt basketball operations
  • Drove away successful lifelong basketball people
  • Surrounded himself with players from the good old days as advisors
  • Hired a friend of said advisors to be head coach despite a bad track record of mistreating women and being a bad basketball coach
  • Hired a coach before a GM
  • Hired a GM with zero front office experience
  • Filled out the staff with other players from the good old days despite no prior experience

Could things work out in Dallas? Sure. But it is never encouraging to see another team go full Kangz.

Trail Blazer hire Chauncey Billups

The Blazers decided to replace Terry Stotts with Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups.

Billups was a favorite of Blazers star Damian Lillard. It's a big risk by the Blazers to replace an established and winning coach like Terry Stotts with a relative unknown like Billups. A first time head coach could be a huge success or a huge miss, and only time will tell.

Minnesota Timberwolves add assistant coaches

The Wolves rounded out Chris Finch's coaching staff. Among the additions are former Kings assistant coach Micah Nori.

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HongKongKingsFan
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June 26, 2021 8:09 am

Mavericks hire Kidd and go full Kangz

I really love to see that……….

They took advantage on us…..(they wanted Doncic so hard, but did not make that “Hawk’s deal” with us)

Just can’t wait to see Doncic force his way out of Dallas
-Fired ex-GM
-Bad coach (Kidd)
-No help to him from current roster

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June 26, 2021 8:37 am

I am not enthusiastic about the moves the Mavs made, but I find it hard to understand the schadenfreude by some Kings fans.

Harrison is allegedly respected around the league and was previously pursued by other teams.

And as much as I dislike Kidd, his coaching record is still better than (or more accurately; not as bad as) Walton’s (.491 vs .410).

Let’s see how they do next season.

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June 26, 2021 8:43 am
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Am I wrong to assume they made these moves to actually make Luka happy?

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June 26, 2021 9:00 am
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Apparently, Luka has a strong relationship with Jamahl Mosley, and the assumption was that he wanted Mosley to be promoted. Could be speculation, for all I know.

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