Rick Carlisle collapses at practice

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    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle collapsed at practice Friday and was taken off the court on a stretcher and to a hospital.

    Carlisle told ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon via text message from the hospital that he was "fine."

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    Team spokeswoman Sarah Melton says Carlisle "was apparently lightheaded" and fainted on the court Friday at American Airlines Center.

    "He just fainted, and I'd bet most of us have had that happen to us," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said, according to the Dallas Morning News, which first reported the incident.

    The 50-year-old coach was conscious and responding to questions as he was carried by stretcher to an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital. Team personnel were with him.

    "There are members of the Mavericks at the hospital with him, talking to him and he seems to be feeling better," Melton said. "It was all sort of precautionary -- get him to the hospital and make sure he is OK."

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