Dallas Mavericks 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.”
Brad Townsend: Another teaser according to someone with knowledge of Mavs’ rough-draft schedule: 6 days before the previously-reported Nov. 14 Dallas at NY game, the Knicks come to Dallas. So @Dennis Smith and @Kristaps Porzingis will have their “homecomings” early in the season, less than a week apart.
This year’s footwear class could feature the most potential since 2012, when Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, James Harden and Dwyane Wade were all up. Of the four then-Nike athletes, two switched to Jordan Brand, Wade opted for a lucrative deal with Li-Ning, and Harden re-signed with Nike for just two years, before bolting for a 13-year deal with Adidas in 2014. Once again, each of the top five players in this year’s class are currently under contract with Nike. The brand would ideally like to keep all five: Devin Booker, Luka Doncic, Kyle Kuzma, D’Angelo Russell and PJ Tucker.
Brad Townsend: Yo, what’s happening to @Luka Doncic? I asked him in June about his Twitter promise to @Mark Cuban that “a 6-pack” was on the way. “I’m going to try,” he said. Apparently meant it. (And @Kristaps Porzingis approves). pic.twitter.com/bYEquE2II2