Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle will miss a number of video games after returning a optimistic PCR check for COVID-19, the crew introduced Friday.
Due to the optimistic check, Carlisle will miss his first matchup in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks — the crew he coached for 13 seasons earlier than resigning this previous offseason — on Friday.
Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce will act as head coach in Carlisle’s absence. After Friday, the Pacers are off till Monday in opposition to the Golden State Warriors. They’ve three video games scheduled for subsequent week.
Carlisle entered the NBA’s well being and security protocols Thursday after having a optimistic consequence on a fast check, sources informed ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The Pacers additionally canceled follow Thursday out of “an abundance of warning.”
A supply mentioned Thursday that Carlisle, 62, who’s absolutely vaccinated and has obtained a booster shot, was experiencing “gentle signs.”
Carlisle is in his second stint with the Pacers, whom he additionally coached from 2003 to ’07, making three playoff appearances in 4 seasons.