Two assistants become head coaches elsewhere

The Sports Xchange

The Mavericks will enter the 2012-13 season with not only a drastically altered roster from their 2011 championship but also a retooled coaching staff under Rick Carlisle.

It's the cost of winning it all.

After the title, Carlisle's top assistant, Dwane Casey, the defensive coordinator credited with much of the Mavs' success with the zone defense that stymied that LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Finals, was given another shot as a head coach, snapped up by the Toronto Raptors.

Now it's Terry Stotts' turn to revive his head coaching career with the Portland Trail Blazers after previously spending parts of four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. Stotts was credited with much of the Mavs' offensive innovation during the title run.

Stotts beat out Blazers interim coach Kaleb Canales, a 34-year-old go-getter who started with the franchise in 2005 as a video coordinator intern. Canales has followed a path similar to that of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, but the Blazers opted for the experience of the 54-year-old Stotts.

"A great hire for a great franchise," said Carlisle, who served as an assistant in Portland early in his career. "Terry was a big part of our championship success in Dallas, and we wish him the very best. He has the great fortune of going to work for Paul Allen, who, along with Mark Cuban, is one of the best owners in the NBA."

Carlisle, who promoted hard-working assistant Monte Mathis to defensive coordinator last year and hired Tony Brown, has in-house candidates in Brown as well as Darrell Armstrong.

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