HoopsHype Darren Collison rumors

January 24, 2013 Updates

Hard coaching. It’s something that fits Rick Carlisle better than his favorite sweatpants. When he had Jason Kidd and Jason Terry and the rest of a mostly veteran team, Carlisle didn’t have to pull out the hard-coaching card very often. This season, it’s different, with O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison as prime exhibits. “Me and O.J., we’ve had a lot of tough love from Coach,” Collison said Wednesday. “He’s been in our face since Day One. And it’s all about learning. He just wants us to get better. Some coaches let young guards get their way. Rick is tough. But he’s not tough to the point where you can’t handle situations. “Then again, you got to have tough skin to play under a guy like Rick Carlisle. Most NBA players, they don’t like to hear criticism. They don’t like to hear the truth. But if you’re trying to get better, that’s what you got to hear.” Dallas Morning News

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Dallas kicked the tires of several veteran point guards before bringing in Derek Fisher in late November, a clear vote of no confidence in Collison, who arrived with great fanfare in a deal with the Pacers. But Collison fell fast, though he's been more productive coming off the bench behind Fisher. NBA.com

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Collison said he was glad to see his teammates come to his defense when they learned he was not starting against the Sixers. “Everybody knows how hard I worked in the offseason,’’ Collison said. “My teammates, they stood behind me. “I’m not in for all that drama stuff. At the end of the day I’m a team player and I’m very positive, and I’m going to make a negative into a positive situation.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 17, 2012 Updates

The Mavs acquired Dahntay Jones and Collison in a sign-and-trade with the Pacers for center Ian Mahinmi, who scored seven points in 13 minutes Friday. Asked if he was emotional in returning to Indiana after he guided the Pacers to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last year, Collison said: "A little bit, but for the most part I got my big issues to worry about with this team.'' Those "big issues'' include helping the Mavs out of a slump that has seen them drop four of their past five games. The remedy? "Leave it in the past and just worry about the next game,'' Collison said. "There's no point in sulking about the last game. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

November 16, 2012 Updates

One source with knowledge of the situation told HOOPSWORLD recently that Hibbert’s slow start is not a big surprise, as former Pacers point guard Darren Collison had a lot to do with Hibbert’s success last season, and Collison is now playing for the Mavericks following an offseason trade. “Darren was my good friend,” Hibbert tells HOOPSWORLD. “We talked, sat together on the plane, used to go have dinner on the road, lunch, always watching film together, just talking it through. I’d be frustrated at him at times and he’d be frustrated with me, but we’d talk it through. I used to get a lot of open layups, just him throwing the ball to me and the give-n-go cut. That’s something he’d get once or twice a game, but things change and obviously you have to adjust.” HoopsWorld

November 9, 2012 Updates

Bill Ingram: A source familiar with the situation in Indy told me earlier today that part of Hibbert's issue is the absence of Darren Collison. Twitter @TheRocketGuy

October 17, 2012 Updates

I've been advised that you can safely rule out extensions for the Dallas guard duo of Darren Collison and Rodrigue Beaubois, with the Mavericks intent on preserving maximum cap space for the summer of 2013 after 2012's unsuccessful run at Deron Williams. ESPN.com

October 13, 2012 Updates

After close inspection, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is very impressed with the speed point guard Darren Collion has displayed thus far in training camp. “He’s one of the fastest guards I’ve ever played with,’’ Nowitzki said of one of his new teammates. “Obviously, he’s got to use that speed to our advantage. “He’s got to push the ball off makes, misses -- it doesn’t really matter. He’s got to fly up the court and get the wings running with him.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

September 21, 2012 Updates

The Elton Brand-Chris Kaman pairing isn’t the only Mavericks newcomer duo with L.A. roots that’s reuniting. Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo played for college rivals UCLA and USC, respectively, but they’ve shared a backcourt in a bunch of summer pickup games. They believe that informal experience will be a factor in forming instant chemistry now that they’re the Mavs’ starting guards. “It’s going to help make it a lot easier,” Mayo said. “Competing against Darren, I understand he’s a great player and a heck of a competitor. When we play in the summertime at UCLA, we’re actually on the same team a lot of time just because we’re familiar with each other and feel like that can give us an edge in pickup games.” ESPN.com

July 25, 2012 Updates

Darren Collison: I'm going to play my game. They brought me over here for a reason. I can definitely use my speed and quickness. When J.J. Barea was over here, he used the pick and roll with Dirk Nowitzki at his best. Same thing with Jason Terry. There's no reason why I can't use my quickness to do the same. But at the same time, I definitely want to make an impact on the defensive end. I definitely want to lift our defensive energy up and try to be the head of the snake. Dallas Morning News

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