Tag: Rick Carlisle

Dirk Nowitzki

Nowitzki out Monday, still no plans for surgery. Yet.

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UPDATE 11:36 pm: Dirk Nowitzki spoke to the media and said no surgery planned. Yet. Here’s the money Dirk quote from Mike Fisher at Dallasbasketball.com:

“I’m doing everything I can not to have surgery,” Nowitzki said, stressing his wish to be “conservative.” “I guess that’s obvious that I really don’t want it done now. If I want to do it, I would love to do it after the season, get through the season somehow.”

Does it feel like he is postponing the inevitable to anyone else? I get he did it last year and his knee came around, but this year it feels different. We’ll see, but the Mavs will be in a fight to miss the playoffs in a deep West this season and the longer he is out the smaller their margin for error.

10:39 pm: Dirk Nowitzki didn’t play Monday night. Which during the preseason and him battling sore knee is not really surprising.

But Nowitzki is a guy who has had his knee drained twice since training camp started and is contemplating surgery. Then before the game Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said this (via the Dallas Morning News):

“Dirk’s not playing tonight. He’ll talk to you after the game. Next subject.’’


Carlisle then went through the whole “don’t jump to conclusions” thing but pretty much everyone is jumping there in their heads already. (PBT will bring you what Nowitzki says after the game.)

Pretty soon reporters were asking Carlisle what he would do without Nowitzki for a period of time.

“That’s a question that there’s a lot of different ways we could go with that,’’ he said. “First of all, I’d say let’s not make that assumption necessarily. And there’s a lot of different things we can do. But tonight, it’s premature for that conversation.’’

Is it? Will it still be premature in 24 hours?

Rick Carlisle signs extension to stay as Mavericks’ coach

Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six
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Not that there was much doubt this was coming — what happened with the Mavericks this season was not on coach Rick Carlisle — but now it is official.

The Mavericks have reached a deal on a contract extension with Carlisle, team owner Mark Cuban confirmed to ESPNDallas.com. This is reportedly also a four-year deal, but no details have been officially released.

Carlisle’s first four-year deal with the Mavericks was set to expire on July 1, but after he led the team to its lone NBA title in 2011 it was a lock he would get an extension. More than the ring, he should be brought back because he is one of the better NBA coaches at putting players in positions to succeed on the court, plus he relates to them as a former player. He has had success in both Indiana and Dallas because he is good.

While the Mavericks took a step back this season (36-30 and being swept out of the playoffs in the first round) that was due to off-season roster moves and not Carlisle. The roster he is coaching next season could be dramatically different, including a new point guard and more.

Whatever it looks like, Carlisle will do a quality job with it.

Jason Terry not happy with coach’s decision to bench him late in loss to Suns

Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

After the Mavericks had allowed an 11-point third quarter lead to become an 11-point fourth quarter deficit late Thursday night in Phoenix, they were able to gather themselves and make one final push in the game’s final three minutes. Dallas had fought back to within two, and had possession of the ball with 15.4 seconds remaining.

That’s a time when typically, Jason Terry would be on the floor for the Mavericks, having proven time and again capable of knocking down big shots when the opportunity was presented. But he couldn’t do it from the bench, which is where he sat watching for the game’s final 7:33, while Rodrigue Beaubois got two good looks at tying the game, neither of which went down.

“Coach’s decision,” head coach Rick Carlisle said afterward, when asked why Roddy got those minutes usually reserved for Terry. Carlisle repeated the two-word answer twice more when asked what may have gone into that decision.

It might have had something to do with Terry allowing Shannon Brown to fly in untouched for a powerful putback slam dunk that put an exclamation point on Phoenix’s comeback, and pushed the Suns lead to double digits for the first time just over four minutes into the fourth. Carlisle had words for Terry as he went to the bench for the ensuing timeout, and Terry didn’t see the floor for the rest of the game.

Predictably, Terry wasn’t pleased.

“What do you think my thoughts are about not being on the court? Are you kidding me?” he said afterward. “You know how I feel if I’m not on the court when it’s time to win the game.

“I can’t check myself in and out of games. You got to ask the person that didn’t have me in the game. Ask him his thoughts. What I think don’t matter, really. I’m not trying to be a smart aleck. I’m just telling you the situation. I root my teammates on and wish we could have come out with the victory. It didn’t happen.”

The Mavericks are struggling right now, and have lost six of their last eight; the last thing they need is a locker-room issue brewing. But Carlisle is optimistic that his team will find a way to stick together.

“This team, when things get tough, the history is, our guys have responded,” Carlisle said. “But we need everybody. We can’t have one single guy on that bench not pulling his weight. Otherwise, things can go downhill quick.”

Thursday night in Phoenix, at least in Carlisle’s eyes, that single guy was Terry.

Mavericks coach Carlisle says “patience has worn thin” with Lamar Odom

Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

Lamar Odom was given away for virtually nothing by the Lakers to the defending champion Mavericks before the season even began, after Odom expressed a desire to be dealt once his name surfaced in legitimate trade rumors.

With Odom being the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, this seemed like an absolute steal for Dallas at the time. But it hasn’t materialized, and the team’s head coach seems to be tired of waiting.

Appearing on ESPN Dallas radio Friday, Rick Carlisle (via Tim MacMahon on Twitter) laid out very bluntly his feelings on the Odom situation, which no doubt echo those of Mavericks fans.

“I’m disappointed with the way the whole thing has gone,” Carlisle said. “Patience has worn thin here. He’s going to have to show us with his actions and his attitude if he’s in.”

The interview comes at a time when Odom is set to begin to get back to basketball, after missing the last few games due to personal reasons which were believed to be due to his father suffering with a serious illness. Odom will play a game in the D-League on Saturday as a way to get his wind back, a move that he had to authorize under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Odom is averaging career lows in every relevant statistical category this season, so his absence isn’t exactly hurting Dallas all that much. What is painful, though, is that the organization knows the spark Odom may be able to provide if he can get his head straight.

Between the sensitivity Odom showed in demanding his way out of Los Angeles, along with the lack of production on the court and the time he’s missed because of problems off of it (legitimate or otherwise), it’s doubtful at best that the Mavericks will get anywhere near what they thought was face value when acquiring him.

The good news in Dallas is that they’re still a threat in the West, and easily a top-four team when clicking on all cylinders. A focused Odom might be able to push them into overdrive, which is why Carlisle and the rest of the squad likely haven’t given up on him entirely just yet.

Mavericks coach Carlisle fined $35,000 for kicking ball

Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks
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You knew this was coming the second it happened.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $35,000 by the league for kicking a ball into the stands Wednesday night against Oklahoma City.

Carlisle says he was just trying to pass the ball back to the referee. Probably. There also probably was some frustration with his team’s play in there, too. But this wasn’t a malicious act — Carlisle apologizes to the person where the ball landed (nowhere near the referee, he’s not good at soccer) and later to the Mavericks and everyone after the game.

You knew a fine was coming from the league. Now it’s done and we all move on.