Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle paused to pay homage to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Carlisle and Manning became friends while the two worked in Indianapolis. Carlisle was an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers from 1997-2000 and head coach of the Pacers from 2003-07, while Manning quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2011.
“He’s had an amazing career,” Carlisle said. “I got to know him in Indiana some.
“He was a terrific guy to be friends with. I’ve been extremely impressed with all his accomplishments and the way he handles himself.”
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Carlisle has even played golf with Manning.
“I had one of my better rounds one day against him and Larry Bird, but I’m not getting into that,” Carlisle said. “That was awhile ago.”
Manning announced his retirement on Monday.