Rick Carlisle Rumors

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Former Denver Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt is closing in on an agreement to join Rick Carlisle’s coaching staff in Dallas, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Hunt — who has also been courted strongly by the New Orleans Pelicans since the Nuggets chose to hire Mike Malone as their new full-time head coach — is expected to soon finalize a deal with Dallas to become Carlisle’s new top aide.
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Diaw only scored eight points in Game 4, and five in Game 5. But his presence on the floor ignited the Spurs’ offense. He grabbed rebounds, broke down Miami’s defense and started the ball whipping around the perimeter. And the Spurs wore down and then overwhelmed the Heat in Games 4 and 5 — the same thing the Warriors have done to Cleveland. “I thought it was a move that was very aggressive,” Carlisle said of Kerr’s starting lineup change. “But he’s in a situation where he’s learned about his team. They needed pace, they needed quickness, and they needed to use their depth more. He’s learned all year about his team, and he’s got a great staff. My feeling was they were going to play a great game anyway, and when they got down 7-0 you look at it as a coach and go ‘well, they just missed four wide-open shots, and those were shots they weren’t getting before.’ ”
The Mavericks coach was fined $25,000 for his complaints about the officials in Game Three of the Mavericks first-round playoff series against the Rockets, so when asked about the physical nature of the game after Game Four he responded: “Did you ask me about the officiating of the game?” “No, no, no,” a reporter responded. “I brought something just for that,” Carlisle said, holding up a piece of tape and putting it over his mouth.
After being informed of Carlisle’s comments, Howard reacted by turning to teammate James Harden and mouthing, “Wow, really.” Howard, who grabbed a career-playoff-high 26 rebounds in the game, then offered a politically correct response to the question. “It’s a long series, and my job is to be dominant in the paint and just do my best,” Howard said. “I don’t think about it when I’m out there. I just go out there and play.”
“We’re scrambling like hell defensively and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench,” said Carlisle, adding that he had reviewed the play six times on film. “He takes the ball, skips it over the top and [Trevor] Ariza gets a wide-open 3. So instead of us getting the ball and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a five- [or] six-point swing. “That stuff’s got to stop. The officials got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can’t happen in Game 4.”
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday night’s Game 3. “Look, referees miss calls, but there’s just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn’t look kosher to me,” Carlisle said after a 130-128 loss that put the Mavs on the brink of elimination. “They’re a more physical team, but this series has got to be played within the rules.”
When Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the 3-0 series deficit, he instead talked about officiating. “My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three. “So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.”