Rick Carlisle Rumors

“I liked him,” Carlisle said while praising Liggins following the Mavericks’ season finale win. “He was very aggressive in the second half, and in the fourth quarter a couple of his defensive plays really got us going. So, you know, he’s an NBA player. There’s no question about that. He’s an NBA defender. He plays with force, he plays with attitude, and we have some time. I think we have an opportunity to keep him around if we want to, so hopefully we’ll get him in the gym some post-season while we still have him under contract and before we have to decide on his option or whatever it is. And look, we’re always evaluating young veteran players that are hungry.”

“It’s a critical situation for many reasons, but a consistent level of success is going to give your players an awful lot of confidence in what you’re doing as a team,” says Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, considered one of the best ATO designers in the NBA. “The way things are evening out in our league, with a finite amount of money that everyone can spend on players, so much is hinging on one or two possessions a game. It’s amazing. Even an ATO drawn up in the first quarter can be the difference between winning and losing a game.”