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


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

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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.

Video: Mavericks’ coach Carlisle ejected for kicking ball

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Clearly Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not play a lot of soccer growing up. Use the inside of your foot to get control, don’t kick off the toe. They teach you that day one of pee-wee soccer camp. Carlisle can work with Dirk Nowitzki on this.

Carlisle kicked the ball into the stands during the Mavericks loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday night. He got a technical for it, and as it was his second he was done for the night. I believe Carlisle when he says it wasn’t malicious, but you get a T for that no matter what.

“The incident where the ball got kicked into the stands, that can’t happen. My intent was not to kick it into the stands. I was trying to kick it to the referee, but I’m not a very good kick. … That’s a regrettable situation.”

Carlisle apologized to owner Mark Cuban and Mavericks fans.