Rick Carlisle collapses at practice
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said "everything's fine" after he collapsed at practice and was taken off the court on a stretcher and to the hospital earlier in the day.
Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Carlisle was "lightheaded and fainted" on the court Friday at American Airlines Center. Carlisle was released from the hospital later Friday afternoon.
"I got up early, had breakfast, took my daughter to school, came in, worked out, had a couple of Balance bars, a couple Mountain Dews, had a staff meeting and got ready for practice," Carlisle told Galloway & Company on ESPN 103.3 FM in Dallas. "I got to feeling a little lightheaded, fainted and, before I knew it, they were pulling me out of there on a stretcher.
"Everything's fine. I'm looking foward to taking a day or two here to spend a little time with my daughter. I'll be back at it on Monday."
Carlisle said he will not join the Mavericks for Saturday's outdoor exhibition game against Phoenix in Indian Wells, Calif. Nelson said Dwane Casey will coach the team.
"The ballboys forgot to do the laundry," Nelson joked to Galloway & Company. "... He got lightheaded and fainted, and who hasn't done that? You take every precaution when it does happen, and so we wanted to make sure everything was perfect. And it is."
The 50-year-old coach was conscious and responding to questions as he was carried by stretcher to an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital. Team personnel were with him.
"We were going through warm-ups. Nothing out of the ordinary," Nelson said. "It happens. Just when it does happen, it catches you off guard and you have to take every
"I was there the night that Hank [Gathers] went down. And when stuff like that happens, you take fainting a whole lot differently. It's something you have to take seriously. We did, and everything has checked out. So we just turn the page and move on from here."
Gathers was a standout basketball player at Loyola Marymount who collapsed on the court in 1990 and died due to a heart disorder.
Assistant coach Terry Stotts was on the court when Carlisle fell.
"He was pale, but he was alert and talking to Casey [Smith, the Mavericks' athletic trainer]," Stotts told the Dallas Morning News. "We're all concerned about him and hopefully everything is OK and it's just a one-time thing."
"I heard the fall," point guard Jason Kidd said, according to the newspaper. "We don't know what the situation is. Basketball is our job, but life comes before our job or anything else. Your well-being is the most important thing. That's our coach and our family member. We got to make sure he's all right and we'll go from there."
Carlisle, who coached the Mavericks to an 88-83 exhibition victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, is starting his third season as coach of the Mavericks after stints with the Pacers and Pistons. He was named NBA coach of the year in his first season on the bench, guiding Detroit to a 50-32 record in 2001-02. He also played five years in the league, with Boston, New York and New Jersey.Information from ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon, Jeff Caplan and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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