During much of his time as the Pacers coach, he had to deal with Ron Artest and the team's off-court problems and injuries. He was fired two seasons ago, worked as an ESPN analyst for a year and is making his return with the Mavericks for a preseason game Wednesday night.
Carlisle says he has no hard feelings about his time with the Pacers and is excited about visiting Conseco Fieldhouse, even though it won't quite be the same. The Pacers' stars of his era are all gone, too. Jermaine O'Neal is in Toronto, Stephen Jackson is playing for Golden State, Artest is with the Houston Rockets and Reggie Miller is retired.
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