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Rick Carlisle Joins NBA Competition Committee

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, fresh off receiving an extension, has joined the NBA's competition committee, which has been drastically restructured:

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Previously, the competition committee was comprised of the general managers from each of the league's 30 teams. But last month, the league's Board of Governors voted to change the composition of the committee to include two owners, four general managers, three head coaches and one representative from the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

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The members of the new Competition Committee are owners Gilbert and Joe Lacob (Golden State); general managers Bryan Colangelo (Toronto Raptors), Mitch Kupchak (L.A. Lakers), Kevin O'Connor (Utah Jazz), and Sam Presti (Oklahoma City); and coaches Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks), Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies), and Doc Rivers (Boston Celtics). The NBPA will designate one of its members to serve on the committee.

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Carlisle is one of the most respected basketball minds in the league, but something tells me he was picked as much for who he wasn't (i.e. Mark Cuban).

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.