Rick Carlisle back for Cavs game

Updated: October 11, 2010, 11:29 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas coach Rick Carlisle returned to the bench Monday during the Mavericks' 85-79 preseason loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in good health and in a good mood.

Carlisle fainted during Friday's practice and didn't join the Mavericks for their trip to Indian Wells, Calif. for a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. A series of medical tests taken after the 50-year-old Carlisle was taken from the American Airlines Center by ambulance indicated that he had no significant health concerns.

"I was just a little dehydrated and got a little lightheaded," Carlisle said. "According to a bunch of people who have contacted me the last three days, fainting happens more frequently than you think. Time to move on."

Carlisle joked that the biggest problem he had to deal with due to his fainting incident was the wrath of his 6-year-old daughter, Abby, who was upset that her Friday play date with a friend was cancelled.

Other than that, Carlisle relaxed for a couple of days before getting back to work.

"It was good having a weekend off," Carlisle said. "It was unexpected."

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.

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