Former Celtic Rick Carlisle believes franchise will turn around – fast

DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was drafted by the Celtics and won a championship with them in 1986. He also believes his former team, currently in rebuilding mode, will turn things around – fast.

“They have a plan that they’re executing,” Carlisle said before Monday night’s game between the Celtics and Mavericks at American Airlines Center. “They have a vision of what they want to do. They’ve got a great young coach who’s going to be there a long time. Danny (Ainge) has turned that team over once already into a championship team and did it in very short order. They went from being a deep lottery team to winning the title the next year. I know that they’ll get it turned around quickly.


“This year, they’ve got some young guys that I think are long-term core pieces that are getting experience. And then (Rajon) Rondo is still one of the great point guards in the league. He’s a guy you can definitely build around. I don’t know that they need empathy or sympathy. I respect the fact that they made hard decisions. It’s difficult that they have to let guys go that are all-time great players, guys like (Paul) Pierce and (Kevin) Garnett. But they’re on a different path and they’ll certainly get there.”

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