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Rick Carlisle's title befits winning style

Through highs and lows, underrated path as NBA coach sees the light with Mavericks

Updated: June 22, 2011, 3:32 PM ET
By Art Garcia | For ESPNDallas.com

The congratulations poured in from all corners of Rick Carlisle's life. Phone calls, emails, texts, handshakes and hugs. President Obama even tracked down Carlisle's cell for a nice chat the day after the championship parade.

The outpouring of support has continued to touch the man who piloted the Dallas Mavericks to the first title in the franchise's often jagged but never boring 31-year existence.

One message didn't reach Carlisle in any tangible form, but its spirit may be the ...

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