If Bill Belichick coached basketball, he would be Rick Carlisle — quirky, aloof, underappreciated and well-traveled.
Belichick and Carlisle are like malt liquor, an acquired taste.
The truth is, Carlisle is probably best suited to be a football coach. The NFL’s military-style leadership model, sleep-in-the-office lifestyle and Xs-and-Os-centric coaching are perfect for Carlisle.
He’s short on people skills and long on X-O. He’s the antithesis of Phil Jackson and Zen.
Lucky for the Dallas Mavericks — they needed an X-and-O fix in the NBA Finals.