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October 15, 2014 Updates

"Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old," said Nowitzki, a 36-year-old entering his 17th NBA season. "I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between. You obviously make it work. We have the best athletes in the world, we feel, but I think it hurts the product some. Last year, some teams get here for the fourth game in five nights and we've been sitting here on rest and just blow them out. ESPN.com

October 14, 2014 Updates
October 13, 2014 Updates

And while he didn’t fine himself for his commentary, Carlisle did say that he received a proper penance. “It’s closed,” Carlisle said. “I’ve received my punishment. My wife and daughter became full-time Chandler Parsons Twitter and Instagram followers.” Asked if they showed him the photograph on social media of a shirtless Parsons showing off his six-pack abs, Carlisle said: “Oh yeah, it’s great.” Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2014 Updates
October 11, 2014 Updates

Carlisle believes the increased weight has created conditioning issues for Parsons, who had nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, six rebounds and six assists in 20 minutes during Friday night's preseason loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "He looked tired out there tonight to me, and his shot is short," Carlisle said. "He's working on losing some weight. He's a little bit heavier than he's been. He's up over 230, and we want to see him get down to at least 225. That's a work in progress, and tonight's one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance." ESPN.com

"An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much," Carlisle said. "We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He'll get there. He'll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren't helping. "I don't mean to call him out in public or ridicule him, but it's just a fact. He's an important guy for us. We just need him to get to his right conditioning and weight level so he can play his best, because we're going to need him to play a lot of minutes over the course of 82 games." ESPN.com

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