- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS -- Mavs coach Rick Carlisle doesn't really believe this is the end for Phil Jackson.
That has nothing to do with the fact that the Mavs' sweep would be an embarrassing end to Jackson's unparallelled coaching career. Carlisle just doesn't buy that Jackson, who insists he really is retiring for good this time, can avoid the coaching bug.
"My belief is that he’ll retire for a while," Carlisle said, "but I don’t know how long you can go to Montana and meditate and smoke peyote or whatever he does there. I don’t know. He’s going to get bored. And I mean that in an endearing way.
"But, look, we’re talking about the greatest coach in the history of our game."
Jackson's 11 championships as a coach is a record that will probably never be matched. He's also one of the most unique personalities in NBA history.
So is Mavs owner Mark Cuban, and he's been involved in many wars of words with Jackson over the years. But not now.
"I hope he doesn't retire," Cuban said, repeating what he told Jackson after the game. "I think he's great for the league."
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