"My position on it is this: If it's in place and it's going to happen, it's great, and you've got to embrace it," Carlisle said Friday, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "If you're in a situation where you end up playing in a play-in tournament, that's going to be a great experience. That's how you've got to look at it."
The NBA's board of governors approved a play-in tournament for the 2020-21 campaign last November. Teams that finish seventh through 10th in each conference will participate.
Dallas currently occupies the West's No. 5 seed. While Carlisle supports the play-in tournament, he hopes his club has nothing to do with it this season.
"Everybody's trying to avoid it," Carlisle said. "Everybody wants that - I don't know what they're going to call it going forward - that guaranteed playoff position, the one through six.
"But, look, my attitude about it is simply that. If it's there, you've got to love it, and you've got to do your best to avoid it."