Just like Pat Riley did with his Miami Heat players in the 2006 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, Rick Carlisle told his players to pack only for a one night stand in Miami…
Kevin Ding reports for The Orange County Register:
Robbins said he has become friendly with Carlisle since he found out Carlisle previously used some of his personal-growth and self-improvement material — some of which discussed Riley packing only enough for Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals, when Riley’s Heat went in to Dallas and indeed won Game 6 to finish off the Mavericks.
Unlike Riley, who publicized his act of motivation and mindset amid his team’s celebration in Dallas, Carlisle kept his bold move quiet. Robbins, though, said Friday that Carlisle sent him the following message: “Got the story. Used it on my own team. Beat Miami.” Wearing a casual black hoodie, Carlisle listened as Robbins spoke Friday and nodded along from his spot in the audience.