Throughout their run to the NBA championship, the Dallas Mavericks were lauded for coming together as a true team. They were a disciplined group that adhered to the guidance of head coach Rick Carlisle and pulled together to triumph over a team of individual stars to win the franchise's first championship.
On Thursday, Carlisle, noted as something of an intellectual type, visited a Dallas Cowboys practice because he had become intrigued by how Jason Garrett, a noted brainiac who attended Princeton, is running the Cowboys ship in his first full season as coach.
On Friday, Carlisle joined the boys of the Ben & Skin Show on 103.3 FM ESPN Friday morning and said that he called Garrett to ask if he could get an inside look at training camp and that he left being impressed with the coaching staff's and the team's approach, an approach that seemed to have a familiar feel.
"It was one of the best days I've had coaching, really," Carlisle said. "I had a chance to sit on meetings and sit in on some of the positional meetings and then go watch practice. ... It was very interesting. I just love the way they're approaching things out there. Everything they do has accountability, they're very disciplined and they're doing things with great intensity.
"They're working at becoming the kind of franchise the Dallas Cowboys have stood for for so many decades now."