I remember watching the Pistons religiously while he was the head coach. I was very pissed off after the ownership fired him. Why was he fired? Do you think the Pistons would have been more successfully if he stayed? Detroit won a championship a year later... Carlisle would go on to win one with Dallas. He has also kept his team competitive throughout a rebuilding process.
Larry Brown was good and all... But it was obvious that Chauncey, Ben and Sheed were running the team when they won. They confronted Brown during the Finals series and told him to back off.
Why did the Pistons fire Carlisle? I personally think he could have been our Popovich.