Rick Carlisle Rumors
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who was so frustrated that he took technical fouls for calling extra timeouts twice in the fourth quarter, didn’t put much effort into describing the loss at all. His postgame news conference lasted less than a minute, as he opted not to take any questions. “This was a very, very disappointing performance,” Carlisle said. “It starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job getting these guys ready to play, getting them ready to compete. The second half was inexcusable: The way we played, just the way we performed all around — everything from how we competed, decision-making. “Shot-making comes and goes, but the competitive spirit has got to be there. We’re going to do better.”
Rick Carlisle was displeased with the Mavs’ effort after reviewing film of the Mavs’ loss to the Hornets: “Why we fell into that, I’m not sure. Maybe we were resting on the laurels of our one-game winning streak.”
Days after Rajon Rondo praised Rick Carlisle as “a champion” he respected, the Mavericks’ coach returned the sentiment. “I’ve recommended Rondo to a couple of teams that have called me about him the last couple of years,” Carlisle said. “As a competitor, you’re not going to find a guy better or more resourceful. He really has adjusted his game constantly over the years. It didn’t work out here for various reasons. It was just not a good fit. I wished him well when he left.”
“Guys are learning to play in an environment that is very realistic, as opposed to the nirvana that he’s provided here for close to two decades,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “The one thing that I think this period should point out to historians of the game is his level of greatness. It’s just another strong indication of how great he has been [and] is and the kind of impact he has. When he’s out there on a consistent basis, it’s a game-changer.” There is plenty of proof of that. Start with the Mavs’ 15 playoff appearances, 12 50-win seasons, two Finals trips and one title during a stretch in which Nowitzki had more than twice as many All-Star selections as all his teammates put together. Nowitzki, the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history, ranks seventh in win shares, one spot behind Duncan.
Dwain Price: Yesterday Rick Carlisle said Dirk will miss the next 2 games. Today he said Dirk will miss the next 3 games. Uh-uh.
He’s only played five of 16 games. “We have every expectation that it’s not serious,” owner Mark Cuban said. “It’s dramatically better. That’s why he played the other night (in Cleveland). He just felt it again, so there’s no reason to take a chance. We’re just being cautious.” Said Carlisle: “The important thing is that we’re doing the right things to get him to a full recovery. He’s come a long way in a four-plus week period. But it’s an Achilles strain and it’s taking time. My hope is that it can be complete sometime in December, sooner than later. But we just got to be patient with it. He’s too important to us. If we have to play without him, we’ll play without him.”