UMaine unintentionally found Rick Carlisle and launched his basketball profession

Former College of Maine Black Bear and NBA championship head coach Rick Carlisle added to his distinguished resume final week, incomes a multi-year, multi-million greenback contract extension along with his Indiana Pacers.

Carlisle — 1986 NBA champion with the Celtics, Coach of the Yr with the 2002 Detroit Pistons and head coach of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks — has been an NBA participant or coach since 1984, and already had two years remaining on his present contract with the Pacers.

However none of these accomplishments would have been potential had a mid-major college in Orono, Maine, not taken an opportunity on Carlisle again within the Nineteen Seventies.