Rick Carlisle Rumors
And after Carlisle and Mavericks assistant Jenny Boucek finished the question-and-answer session, covering topics sports specialization to creativity versus structure to practice planning, he discussed another strategy. It’s one specific to his instruction in Dallas: Luka Doncic’s offseason conditioning as the 20-year-old aims to build on his Rookie of the Year debut season.
“It’s just a natural progression that every player needs to have going from Year 1 to Year 2, especially someone like Luka that had such a great first year,” Carlisle told The Dallas Morning News. “People are really going to be coming for him in his second year, and the continued work on body and conditioning and developing his game is going to keep moving him in the direction of becoming a really great player.”
And Carlisle said he recognized Doncic’s drive to improve when he, assistant Jamahl Mosley and center Dwight Powell visited Doncic in his native Slovenia in May. “I know he’s working his butt off this summer,” Carlisle said. “I know he’s very motivated for this season.”
JD Shaw: Danny Green mentions the Clippers, Lakers and Mavericks as other potential free-agent destinations besides the Raptors. “I’ve known Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle for a long time,” he said on @GreenRoomInside. “They have a really good interest in me, and they’re showing it.”
No one is more anxious to get Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and forward/center Kristaps Porzingis on the same floor at the same time than coach Rick Carlisle. Speaking to TV station LETA this week during a Basketball Without Borders camp in Riga, Latvia, Carlisle expressed what type of impact the Doncic-Porzingis will have not only on the Mavs, but also on the NBA from a global standpoint.
“The league will be very good with those two guys playing,” Carlisle told LETA. “Luka and Kristaps compliment each other well. You’ve got a 7-3 guy (in Porzingis) and you’ve got a 6-7 guy (in Doncic) that both have ball skills. They’ll be great in the pick-and-roll, they’ll be great in other situations when they pass and cut and find each other. We’re just really looking forward to getting them on the floor together and get going.”