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Rick Carlisle praises Erik Spoelstra

Updated: June 16, 2011, 12:53 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Without prompting, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made a point to defend NBA Finals counterpart Erik Spoelstra, praising the Miami Heat coach for "the toughest job in basketball."

Carlisle made the comments at the end of his 30-minute session with the media Tuesday during the Mavericks' exit interviews.

"Listen, I would like to say one thing about Miami if I could," Carlisle said. "I thought Erik Spoelstra had the toughest job in basketball with that team because ...

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