Dallas Mavericks: Hubie Brown
Assuming Carlisle begins a fourth season in Dallas, he can pass the 181 games won as coach of the Indiana Pacers from 2003-07. Overall, Carlisle is 400-274 (.593).
"It just shows I've had a lot of good players and a lot of good staffs and I've been fortunate to have great ownership in all three places that I've been," Carlisle said. "I just want to keep doing whatever I can do and the staff can do to put our guys in position to be successful. That's what it's about."
Assuming the Mavs will win more than 39 games this season, Carlisle will overtake ESPN analyst Hubie Brown (424) -- who will call Friday night's game at Utah -- at No. 34 on the all-time list. According to ESPN Research, Carlisle's next targets are No. 37 Bernie Bickerstaff (415), No. 36 Nate McMillan (418), whose Portland Trail Blazers are off to a rocky start, and No. 35 John Kundla (423).
Another nugget from ESPN Research: Carlisle's record with the Mavs in games decided by five points or fewer is 40-14 (.741).
As for the coach Carlisle will butt heads with Friday night? Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is just 805 wins away on the all-time list.
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