Former Black Bear Rick Carlisle Coaches Dallas Mavericks to NBA Championship!
ORONO, Maine -- Former University of Maine men's basketball standout Rick Carlisle coached the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA Championship over the Miami Heat last night.
Carlisle, who played for Maine from 1979-81 and earned conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named to the All-NABC District I Team, was named head coach of the Mavericks in 2008.
He began his head coaching career in the NBA with the Pistons in 2002, earning Coach of the Year honors. Carlisle would move onto the Pacers before becoming an analyst with ESPN and then taking helm of the Mavericks.
Dallas went in as the third seed and defeated Portland in the first round four games to two. The Mavericks then swept the defending NBA Champions LA Lakers in the second round before defeating Oklahoma City in five games to take the Western Conference Championship.
In the NBA Finals, Miami would take a two games to one lead, but Dallas would win three-straight to take the title.
Jason Terry scored 27 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and 11 rebounds en route to MVP honors in the series-clinching win.