Rick Carlisle Extension: Re-Signing Coach Shows Mavs' Commitment to Winning

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 08:  Head coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on March 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 96-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Mavericks have re-signed coach Rick Carlisle through the 2015-2016 season, effectively keeping the championship-winning coach on staff for a continued run at the NBA title.

Although the Mavericks finished seventh in the Western Conference and were ousted in the first round of the playoffs, Carlisle's re-signing shows that the Mavericks are committed to winning another title.

Rick Carlisle is one of the most under-hyped, underrated coaches in the league. He is an excellent teacher of the game, as well as a fantastic strategist. His leadership and knowledge earned the Dallas Mavericks an NBA title last season over the favored Miami Heat.

Carlisle is a proven winner. In a decade of head coaching the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks, he has only finished under .500 in the regular season once. Similarly, he has only missed the playoffs one time, a testament to his winning ways.

In addition to that, he has only lost in the first round of the playoffs three out of nine times, similarly showing success in the playoffs. One of those three years was this year.

Now, if the Mavericks are really committed to winning the title, they will make a movement to becoming more youthful.

The Mavericks are currently among the oldest teams in the NBA. This comes as no surprise, considering that six players are 34 years old or older. These players include Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, all of whom are looked upon to be the stars of the team.

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Mavericks, has always been one to pursue guys who are winners. His re-signing of Carlisle proves that he is still hungry to win another NBA Championship, which may come again under Carlisle's watch.