HoopsHype Rick Carlisle rumors

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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Gregg Popovich: “The league is one challenge after another after another. Pop has become a good friend of mine over the years. It’s obvious what he’s accomplished. I think everybody in our profession kind of view him as the guy. When you’re some place for 18 years straight, nobody has done that since Jerry Sloan, and Sloan was there for 21 or 22 years, and everybody said that will never be done again. It will all depend on how Pop wants to go. But he’s the best of the best in my opinion. I think he’s the greatest coach ever, mostly because he’s been able to do it with a system. He’s got great players, but he’s done with a system, and he’s adapted their personnel to his system, and he’s done it with so many different moving parts over the years. It’s just been a phenomenal accomplishment.” Dallas Morning News

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This past weekend Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he could envision Dirk Nowitzki, Brandan Wright and DeJuan Blair all on the frontline in a game at the same time. That unconventional lineup request was passed along Tuesday to coach Rick Carlisle, who didn't exactly blow off the idea from his boss. "Listen, if it wants it he can get it,'' Carlisle said. "It's his team. "All he's got to do is send me an email and I’ll make it happen.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Dallas Mavericks point guard Devin Harris believes he’ll be playing basketball again before Christmas. He just doesn’t know exactly when. “We’ve got an idea,” Harris said. “But right now, we just want to see how it responds to explosive cuts, running, change of directions and make sure there are no problems there, and then we can wrap it up even more.” Harris underwent toe surgery on his left foot this past summer and has yet to play this season. But he knows when the Mavs have a three-game homestand on Dec. 14, 18 and 20 against Milwaukee, Memphis and Toronto, respectively, he could find himself making his season debut in one of those games. “Devin hasn’t participated in live practices, but he’s going through five-on-0 stuff,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I’d say he’s getting to the point where he’s moving. He’s doing some running. His progress is really good.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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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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