In his 16-year NBA career, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has hired two coaches: Avery Johnson, and Rick Carlisle.
Cuban isn’t alone among 30 NBA team owners in hoping that he’ll never have to hire a new head coach again, but for more secured reasons than most of those other el jefes: Carlisle is an NBA champion and former Coach of the Year that has worked in the playoffs in all but two of the 15 seasons he’d coached prior to 2016-17. He’s also the head of the NBA’s Coaches Association, a former champion as a player with the Celtics, and about as good as NBA head coaches get.
That’s saying a lot, considering how many great head coaches are out there. Cuban’s happy to have snared his:
“I’ve said a million times, hiring a coach is the hardest job in professional sports,” Cuban said. “And we got lucky; we’ve got a good one.”
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