The tension between Rondo and Carlisle about play-calling had been brewing for a little while, team sources told ESPNDallas.com. It reached a boiling point when Rondo appeared to blow off a play call from the bench, prompting Carlisle to storm onto the court while calling a timeout and shouting at Rondo, who responded in kind.
February 12, 2016 | 11:01 pm EST Update
I asked Cousins on Friday how much say a star player should have in such decisions; it’s well documented that Cousins and Karl have clashed regularly and still haven’t gotten on the same page. Cousins blew off the question, but then said something telling about his predicament. “I prefer to be in a perfect situation,” DeMarcus Cousins said, “but that’ll never happen.” “What does a perfect situation look like to you?” I asked. “Everybody’s happy,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “But that’ll never happen.” “Why?” “There’s nothing in life that’s perfect,” DeMarcus Cousins said.
Cousins? Utterly dominant. Cousins’ team? Utterly dysfunctional. “Helping us stay grounded through, I guess you could say, the chaos,” Cousins said, when asked to describe his role in finding a way out. “But the biggest thing would be staying positive.”