Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle back on the job


What are things doctors tell you about staying healthy? Reduce stress, eat right, get plenty of sleep.

Three things that coaches do not get. Not in the NBA, not really in any professional or college sport by and large. Long hours, irregular eating schedules that mean too much greasy food, travel and disrupted sleeping patterns are just part of the job.

All of it got to Rick Carlisle — an avid physical fitness guy who is in better shape than most coaches — and he fainted on the court Friday.

Then he was back to work later that day. He was forced to take some time off with the team traveling to California for a preseason game, but now on Monday he is back at it full force, according to Art Garcia of NBA.com.

Is that really different than Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio being back only a couple weeks after a heart attack? Or countless other similar stories across numerous sports.

The Mavericks were going to play it safe because of GM Donnie Walsh, as he told ESPN Radio Dallas last Friday.

“I was there the night that Hank [Gathers] went down and when stuff like that happens, you take fainting a whole lot differently. It’s something that you have to take seriously, and we did, and everything’s checked out. So we just turn the page and move on from here.”

Let’s hope for Carlisle that he and his body can just turn the page.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.