Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail BlazersWhen Dallas Maverick’s head coach Rick Carlisle was looking for an activity to start up in the off season he decided on something both practical and challenging: aviation.
“It’s ongoing,” says Carlisle, who often sits in one of the jump seats of the cockpit of the Mavs’ 757 during team flights. “I don’t think I’m ever going to feel like I totally have it. This is one of those endeavors where you always have to be in a training and learning mode.  My great friend and mentor Chuck Daly once compared NBA coaching to being the pilot of an aircraft navigating through the turbulence that inevitably comes with any NBA season. ‘An NBA head coach’s job,’ as Chuck so succinctly said, ‘is at the end of the season to safely land the plane…’
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