Carlisle focused on task at hand

Coach not using 1986 championship ring as a player as a motivational tactic

Updated: June 11, 2011, 4:39 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Rick Carlisle never wears the championship ring he earned as a reserve on the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. He rarely even removes the ring from the secure spot where he stores it.

The sweet smile of his 6-year-old daughter, Abby, persuaded the Dallas Mavericks' coach to make a recent exception.

"My daughter asked to see it this year one time, and I showed it to her," Carlisle said. "Then she asked if she could bring it to show-and-tell. So we talked through that."

Abby settled ...

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