HoopsHype Rick Carlisle rumors

January 24, 2015 Updates

Coach Rick Carlisle repeatedly referred to Rondo's crunch-time benching as a "coach's decision" during his postgame news conference and declined to discuss the strategic logic of not playing Rondo down the stretch. "It's called coach's decision, and that's how we're going to roll," Carlisle said after the fifth question on the subject. "Next question." ESPN.com

Rondo stressed he wasn't upset with Carlisle. "Coach made a decision. It's as simple as that," said Rondo, who had six points on 3-of-9 shooting, four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes. "I've been in this game a long time. It's not like it's the end of the world. I like what Coach Carlisle has done for me this year. I don't have any regrets." ESPN.com

The Bulls’ front line of Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson helped Chicago outrebound Dallas 47-30. While the Mavericks got solid games from its starting big men — Tyson Chandler had his 19th double-double of the season and Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting — the rest of the Mavericks accounted for only 11 rebounds. “We needed to be tougher,” Carlisle said. “We need to be more hit-first.” Dallas Morning News

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The deadline is Feb. 19, and general managers sometimes prefer to wait until as close to it as possible to be certain they are getting maximum value for their players. But that gives coaches less than two months to prepare for the playoffs, so Carlisle was glad the Celtics wanted to do it so soon. "The earlier you can do a deal like this, it helps," he said. "Helps both teams, so we're grateful that we were able to get it done in December as opposed to mid-to-late February, no doubt about that." USA Today Sports

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Carlisle said that concerns about the Cavs probably are premature. "The thing I love about LeBron James is he understands the responsibility that's on his shoulders," Carlisle said. "He doesn't dodge it one bit. And I can promise you a guy like (first-year coach) David Blatt doesn't dodge the expectations. People that speculate about David Blatt's job security, it's ridiculous. Dallas Morning News

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Carlisle will be coaching in his 1,000th NBA game when the Mavs host Oklahoma City. Carlisle downplayed the milestone when asked about it after Saturday’s practice. “I hadn’t thought about it at all, and I’m not counting,” Carlisle said. “Thanks for asking, though.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Carlisle, who will become the 27th coach in NBA history to coach at least 1,000 games, received some measure of respect from forward Richard Jefferson on his major accomplishment. “It is huge, especially when you see coaches coming from college, the coaching carousel,” Jefferson said. “And to tell you the truth, he’s a fairly young coach to reach that number. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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When the Celtics agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to Dallas, they knew they were giving up the best player in the deal. Still, among the particulars haggled over between the two franchise, was whether rookie Dwight Powell would be included in the deal. Powell, acquired by Boston this past summer from Cleveland, was coveted by Dallas. The Mavericks insisted he be part of this deal. "One guy we know is going to help us right away in Rajon Rondo and one guy Dwight Powell who we had in draft workouts last year and a guy that they didn't want to give up," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. CSNNE.com

December 20, 2014 Updates

Rajon Rondo joined the Dallas Mavericks this week after he was traded away from the Boston Celtics. Saturday, the point guard had his introductory press conference in Dallas where he talked about being “fired up” and excited to play for a title contender. He was also asked an awkward question, to which he, coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban all had perfect reactions. For The Win

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