MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12: Head coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates with the Larry O'Brien trophy as Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler (R) look on after they won 105-95 against the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Over the summer, Rick Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship, helping the Mavs finally break through on the biggest stage possible and get over the demons of their 2006 Finals loss by beating the best team ever assembled by God himself.
So when Carlisle got in touch with Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett about coming and watching how Garrett runs things for a day, the red-headed former third-string quarterback, turned NFL head coaching prodigy had no problem with it.
Carlisle visited practice on Thursday and came away impressed, saying he could learn something from football and the preparation that goes into it with the intensive practice schedule since they only play one game a week, as opposed to basketball and baseball that play multiple games and practice less.
"For a lot of years we've all heard about the detail that football goes through with their practices, and training camps and all that," Carlisle told DallasCowboys.com. "I just believe there's got to be some things that we can learn from football that will help us do our job better. It's been a great day. Jason's been very generous with his time, and I'm very impressed."
In turn, Garrett spoke in his daily press conference about how he grew up a Boston Celtics fan, where of course, Carlisle played with the great Larry Bird, which will go on and on about ad nauseum. Not to mention greats like Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge and Robert Parrish.
Hopefully, Carlisle's success this year will rub off on the Cowboys and Garrett, or maybe he can just straight up put the good mojo out on loan since it looks like he won't be needing it anytime soon as the Mavs might be "defending champions" for a few years.