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Rick Carlisle Calls In for First Solo Interview Since Returning to Pacers

New Indiana Pacers Head Coach Rick Carlisle was a busy man on Wednesday afternoon.

Thankfully he had a pretty comfy chair to lounge in down at his summer home in South Carolina. First, it was about an hour long press conference with the Indianapolis media through Zoom.

While sporting a sharp light blue polo, Carlisle was introduced by Kevin Pritchard and took questions from the contingent of reporters on hand.

Carlisle touched on a whole bunch of things. Including his first go around as head coach here, being a top assistant under Larry Bird, his 13 years with the Dallas Mavericks, and of course the makeup of the current Pacers roster.

After the Zoom concluded, it was time to ring into The Ride with JMV.

Carlisle chatted with John for a must listen interview that included some conversation about one of the most argued topics in the last few years.

Do Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis work as a pair well enough on the floor?

“These guys have been very open to everything that we have talked about and I’ve done a lot of listening too,” Carlisle said. “From what I’m getting, Domas and Myles think that this can work. They like each other and respect each other, so we need to find the best possible formula for our rotation so we can maximize both guys.”

Based on what Carlisle was saying both in the big meeting and the individual chat with JMV, he wants to run this thing back with what Indiana has right now.

Then again too, would Herb Simon spend 29 million dollars on a coach if they were just going to rebuild?

Not likely.

“I think this is an up-tempo team with a lot of shooting,” Carlisle added. “I believe our big guys can improve their three-point shooting too and that will put more pressure on the defense. Guys like Caris LeVert can go get a shot in crunch time and he can create. Malcolm Brogdon can do a bit of everything. So I’m not that concerned about offense. Anytime you can become a better defensive team, the offense will flow better.”

Push the chips in baby.

Big Rick is heading back to The Circle City this fall and winter; And he’s not coming for the Christmas lights.

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