Tyson Chandler was happy to hear that the Dallas Mavericks are talking about extending coach Rick Carlisle’s contract for five years.
“He deserves it. He absolutely deserves it,’’ Chandler said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “He’s one of the best coaches in the league, and when you have something like that you’ve got to keep it.’’
Chandler was the Mavericks’ starting center when Carlisle led them to the 2011 NBA title. He also was the Mavericks’ starting center last season, but reluctantly left Dallas via free agency and signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Phoenix Suns this past July.
However, Chandler and Carlisle remain very close.
“I think what he’s done for the (Mavs) organization and the franchise is he’s done nothing but elevate them,’’ Chandler said. “A championship run, having some guys banged up and kind of patchwork, and a lot of guys on one-year contracts multiple years, he’s done an excellent job.
“He kept the team in the playoffs. I think he definitely deserves it.’’
The Mavericks open the regular season against Chandler and the Suns tonight at 9 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.