Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Cuban: No decisions based off series
By Tim MacMahon ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS -- The result of the Dallas Mavericks' first-round series with the San Antonio Spurs will not affect the job security of coach Rick Carlisle, owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday night.
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"I mean, it's not something we'll evaluate now," Cuban said before the Mavericks' 103-81 victory in Game 5. "It's not something we'll evaluate this summer. I don't see what would change anything."
The Mavericks trail 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. Game 6 is Thursday night at San Antonio.
The Mavericks have a 105-59 record in two seasons under Carlisle, extending the franchise's streak to 10 consecutive 50-win campaigns. In 2009, Carlisle guided the Mavs to their first playoff series win since they advanced to the 2006 NBA Finals.
Carlisle, just two years into a four-year deal that pays more than $4 million annually, has frequently acknowledged he expects to be held to Cuban's high standards that the Mavericks are a championship-caliber team.
"No decisions we're going to make are going to be based off of this series," said Cuban, who still has former coach Avery Johnson on the payroll through next season. "Or next series. Or the series after that.
"I'm not ready to talk about the summer yet. You guys are acting like the season is done."
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag. Senior NBA writer Marc Stein of ESPN.com contributed to this report.