Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had to miss Friday’s recreation in New York after testing positive for COVID-19, however he was cleared to journey with Dallas and can be again on the sidelines on Saturday evening at Washington, in accordance to Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News.
“Everything was fine,” Carlisle stated within the pregame session with reporters. “Obviously knowing what those guys went through back in Denver, I wasn’t interested in staying in a hotel room for 7 days.”
He was referring to a state of affairs in January the place three gamers had been pressured to spend every week quarantining at a resort after testing positive for the virus following a recreation in opposition to the Nuggets.
Carlisle was totally vaccinated in January and stated he felt no signs of the virus, in accordance to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Carlisle known as the test outcome “unexpected” and believed straight away that it was a false positive.
“This seems like possibly a mistake, but for these reasons I’m entering the (NBA health and safety) protocol,” he advised reporters Friday in a pregame videoconference from his resort room.
Assistant coach Jamahl Mosley took over as head coach for the evening and led Dallas to a 99-86 victory. Mosley, the group’s defensive coordinator, had interviews over the previous two years for head-coaching jobs with the Knicks, Cavaliers and Pelicans. Mosley was ready to step in on the final minute, as he described:
“Rick has done such a phenomenal job of preparing all of his staff members to take over or just to step up in every moment. It’s the same thing with the team — just being prepared in every moment. For me, it was just going off of the guidance that he’s given me. He text and said, ‘You’re ready for this. You’re prepared for this, and just go off of the things we’ve constantly talked about.’”