Rick Carlisle Rumors
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.”
Two weeks before that crucial injury, Porzingis was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as his star was on a definite incline. Porzingis hasn’t played since sustaining that injury and was subsequently traded to the Mavs on Jan. 31. “Right now it’s really about his health and getting him 100 percent healthy, 100 percent strong and preparing him for an entire NBA season,” Carlisle told LETA. “He’s done an awful lot of work over the last two years since the injury. “He’s worked really hard since coming to us in February, and so we feel like he’s going to be able to be 100 percent and be ready to go come training camp.”
Many fans have compared Porzingis to Dirk Nowitzki, a 14-time All-Star and the NBA’s No. 6 all-time leading scorer who just retired two months ago after playing 21 seasons for the Mavs. “There are similarities between Kristaps and Dirk Nowitzki,” Carlisle said. “They’re both seven-footers that can really shoot the ball, but Kristaps’ game is quite different than Dirk’s. “We’ve had great success in Dallas playing with a seven-foot guy that can shoot the ball, so we have a lot of experience with how to enable him to play well and help us win games.”
Another topic that came up in Carlisle’s interview was what the makeup of the Mavericks’ roster will look like in the coming season. He gave his usual response, which is: “Stay tuned.” But, he added, “I don’t know exactly who we’re going to sign, but we will be very active in free agency. We got the 37th pick in the draft. And we got a trending young roster with two young stars in Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. We’re going to be ready to go.”
Carlisle spent a few extra days in Latvia before the BWB event to hang out and work out with Porzingis. He was asked about how the 7-3 Porzingis has come along in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior Cruciate Ligament in February, 2018. Porzingis missed all of the 2018-19 season and was traded from New York to the Mavericks before the trade deadline in a blockbuster deal. “He’s doing great. He practiced with us the last month of the season and did extremely well, got better every day,” Carlisle said. “He’s worked awfully hard the last two years to recover from the ACL and also to build his body up to withstand the rigors of the NBA season. We can’t wait to get him dialed in and ready to go.”
The NBA and the National Basketball Coaches Association are creating a partnership and program intended to prepare and illuminate a more complete pool of future NBA coaches, league officials told ESPN. “We are not talking about a quota system,” Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, president of the NBCA, told ESPN. “Rival leagues have proven that mandates and demands for diverse hiring practices do not work. Our goal is an absolute equal opportunity for all our members to develop their skills on a level playing field.”