You don't have to like Rick Carlisle. You don't have to hate Isiah Thomas. But
if you're Jonathan Bender or Al Harrington or Ron Artest, we'd like to ask you
a whole lot of questions in about 10 or 11 months.
"Rick's walking into a situation where the foundation has been laid," recently
fired Pacer head coach Isiah Thomas said in the Indianapolis Star. "The hard
work has been done. I just wish I was given the opportunity to complete what we had started."
Carlisle was fired by the Detroit Pistons during the off season because of
ongoing tension between him and a front office that wanted him to develop the
team's younger players like Mehmet Okur and Tayshaun Prince.
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