Carlisle is the sixth coach in NBA history to lead three different teams to the conference finals. He also won a title as a player with the Celtics.
Do you want Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook to shoot more or less against you in the Western Conference finals?
Rick Carlisle: He's gotten a lot of criticism for not passing enough. But some guys, that's just who they are. It appears to me that he's getting better and better. He's going to keep striking a better balance. [Thunder head coach] Scott Brooks is no dummy. He played point guard in the league for many, many years. He knows what's best for his team. They're encouraging [Westbrook] to play his game, which is the right thing to do.
What do you think the future holds for Phil Jackson?
RC: My belief is that he's done coaching, but I don't know if he's done with professional basketball.
What could Jackson do?
RC: He'd be a very attractive candidate if I were an owner and wanted to build a team.
How would you feel coaching under him?