posted on Jun, 1 2003 @ 12:37 AM
- By Dick Vitale
What happened in the Motor City flat out S-T-I-N-K-S! Get out the spray deodorant, man!
It is incredible what happened to Rick Carlisle. The job he did warranted a multiyear contract extension, not a dismissal. What an absolute joke to
hear he was set free.
Give me a break. He got the Pistons to the Eastern Conference finals despite injury problems affecting guard Chauncey Billups. Detroit lacked a really
dominating big player on offense, so in my mind, Carlisle did an amazing job. I can't believe that back-to-back 50-win seasons wasn't good enough.
The good news in Detroit is that Brown is likely to land there. Still, you have to feel for Carlisle.
It looks like Jeff Van Gundy will end up in Cleveland early next week. It will be interesting to see him teach LeBron James and company.
Will John Calipari return to the NBA and end up coaching the Sixers? Allen Iverson has put in a plug on behalf of Calipari to Billy King. Since
Maurice Cheeks wasn't given permission to talk to Philadelphia, and with Smith saying he wasn't interested, Calipari is a viable candidate.