HoopsHype Rick Carlisle rumors

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Still, while squaring off against the likes of James, Wade and Bosh, Carlisle admits that his players will face a much more daunting task on the defensive end of the floor. And in order to prevail, the Mavericks will have to be collectively tied together as they attempt to neutralize the Heat’s many offensive weapons. “We don’t have a bunch of individual stoppers. We’ve got [Shawn] Marion, who to me is perennial all-defense even though he never gets it. And we’ve got [Samuel] Dalembert, who is one of the best rim protectors. Then on the rest of the team there’s no guys on paper that you’d say is an NBA stopper. We have to do it by showing a crowd and bringing a lot of help and by being really tied together,” Carlisle explained. mavs.com

As a way of motivating himself, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis has some very critical articles in his American Airlines Center locker which states how terrible he is at the defensive end of the floor. The motivating tool has apparently worked, because Ellis has turned up the defensive juices in recent games, much to the delight of coach Rick Carlisle. However, Carlisle noted that Ellis will have his stiffest challenge to date Friday when he has to defend Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat on Friday and Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo on Saturday. “He’s picked it up in the last few games and the assignments the next couple of games get harder with Wade,’’ Carlisle said. “He probably won’t guard (LeBron) James, but then you’ve got Oladipo in Orlando, and the other guy (Aaron Afflalo) is good too. “In a situation like his where he’s a dynamic scorer, teams are always going to go at him. So it’s important that he is able to hold the fort defensively and be able to continue to attack offensively.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Kaman, who signed with the Lakers as a free agent in the summer, was not complimentary of Carlisle. "I have a hard time with coaches who say one thing in one ear and then behind your back they're saying something else," Kaman said. "It's not easy to decide, was he serious. There was a lot that was said to me that was just misrepresentations and stories that went one way and the next day it would be completely opposite. So that's why I say he plays games with guys. He's not going to play games with Dirk or play games with Vince. But other guys he doesn't know well or are new, he plays games and I didn't get it. I had so many conversations with him and I got tired of the conversations." Dallas Morning News

"I had a good experience here," he said. "I enjoyed the city and the fans were great. It was probably one of my favorite cities that I've played in so far. But it doesn't work out everywhere you go. Players get bounced around. I guess I just didn't fit into coach Carlisle's style or what he wanted to do, so I had to figure out how to make it work somewhere else." Dallas Morning News

"It's a different coaching style," Kaman said. "Coach Carlisle is uptight and kind of plays games with people here and there. Coach D'Antoni is more relaxed. He lets guys get a feel and make mistakes and play. That's the kind of basketball players like to play. You can't micromanage every situation and pull a guy in and out and in and out. It just doesn't work that way. If you have some superstars, you might get away with that. But if you have guys who aren't superstars, it's hard to do that." Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas Mavericks have overhauled the roster three times since winning the NBA title in 2011 and while some head coaches may not want to do that, Rick Carlisle is willing to go along with the plan from management and team owner Mark Cuban. ESPN.com

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Anyone about to write Dirk Nowitzki off as an aging superstar on his last leg, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said they better think again. "He's getting ready, he's getting ready,'' Carlisle said after Friday morning's shoot around at American Airlines Center. "My hope is that he doesn't have to be the statistical giant he's been in other years and that we can work that out with our balance and come up with the right balance. "But he's ready to go." Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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NBA teams can't carry no more than 15 players on their regular season roster and don't have to get down to that number until Oct. 29 -- the day before the regular season opens. And with Brandan Wright (shoulder), Jose Calderon (hamstring), Devin Harris (toe) and Shane Larkin (ankle) all out nursing injuries, Carlisle isn't so quick to rush to the chopping block to trim his roster. "Everybody's doing enough good things that we don't need to cut anybody right now,'' Carlisle said. "We'll know when that time is. "But right now it's a nice Wednesday in Indianapolis, so everybody's going to keep getting paid a few bucks to be here.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

October 12, 2013 Updates

Nobody’s quite sure how long Brandan Wright’s recovery from a shoulder fracture will take, but coach Rick Carlisle is certain of one thing. The next man up will have to do the job. Namely, DeJuan Blair, along with Bernard James and Samuel Dalembert. “If it’s going to happen, this isn’t the worst time,” Carlisle said Friday. “He’s got a little time to heal. It’s going to be evaluated weekly. It could have been a lot worse. “(We’ll have to) plug other guys in. Now Blair becomes more at the forefront. Sarge has to be ready. Sam has to keep playing like he did the other night. And it gives guys like Balkman and Melo to get more minutes in the preseason.” Dallas Morning News

Media availibility Friday for the Dallas Mavericks was about an hour later than advertised. That's because coach Rick Carlisle worked his players a little extra harder than usual. "I’m not getting too happy about anything right now,'' Carlisle said. "We made improvements in a lot of areas in the second (preseason) game. "We’ve got to make improvements during this three day stretch of practice. And then Monday’s game is going to be another test for us.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Asked for his first thoughts on the dreadlocked, multi-tattooed former first-round draft pick of the New York Knicks, coach Rick Carlisle said: “My first thoughts? I like his hairdo. And I like his tattoos a lot. There’s a lot of storytelling going on there. “You know he’s got a high pain tolerance if he’s got tattoos on his eyelids. All that stuff impresses me before we even start talking about his game. That’s why I liked [DeShawn] Stevenson.” Dallas Morning News

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