Posted January 01, 2013

Rick Carlisle threatens Mavericks with suspensions

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Rick Carlisle is threatening players with suspensions. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Rick Carlisle is threatening players with suspensions. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Dallas Mavericks may have had a tough schedule so far as the team continues to struggle even since Dirk Nowitzki returned a week ago, but head coach Rick Carlisle said it’s no excuse for a lackluster effort and he’s now threatening players with suspensions if things don’t improve.

The team, currently 12-19, is in the middle of a six game losing streak and Carlisle said he’s had to scream in the faces of some players just to get his points across in practices and shootarounds. Even though team owner Mark Cuban may not agree, Carlisle told Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News after the Mavs’ sixth straight loss on Sunday that he would like to see suspensions for some players because it’s an “unprecedented” stretch of losses for the team:

“It’s not what this organization has been about since Mark [Cuban] bought the team. This is a stretch that’s unprecedented, really. [T]he last week, I’ve had to literally scream in the face of two guys in practices and shootarounds to get the point across. And I will continue to do that. If I have to start suspending guys for not doing things they’re supposed to be doing on the court, I’ll do it. And Mark and I will get into it about that. But somehow, things have got to change and it can’t just be about that it’s a tough schedule. It just can’t.”

In a report from Jan Hubbard of ESPNDallas.com, Carlisle also told reporters that Nowitzki, who had been out all season because of knee issues, shouldn’t be judged until at least mid January. During the preseason, Delonte West, who was then with the Mavs, was suspended twice in 10 days for conduct detrimental to the team, so these kinds of suspensions in Dallas wouldn’t be unprecedented. West was eventually released before the regular season began and is now a free agent.


6 comments
RobSorbo
RobSorbo

I hear Avery Johnson needs a job.

Shing D
Shing D

Ahhh....why don't you try treating grown ups like adults rather than children. If they aren't inclined to oblige then, kick em to the curb!

jazz1_2
jazz1_2

Sounds like Rick is turning into a tyrant. Threatening the players with suspensions will not win you over and other players may start to despise you. Threats also will not help win games. Go figure.

WillWillis1
WillWillis1

Letting Barea walk away at the height of his value was the smart move. The alternative was to overpay a backup PG starter money on a team that already had a tight cap situation. Not resigning Chandler was debatable at the time, though obviously it looks worse after Cuban couldn't follow through on his plan/goal of bringing in Dwight Howard.

 

Carlisle is an excellent in-game X's and O's coach, but his inability to develop young talent is an ongoing problem for the Mavs. That should be the alarming issue, that they have next to nothing in the pipeline to show for the last half dozen or more drafts, and the approach of piecemealing together veteran castoffs is hit or miss at best. Clearly missing this year.

TA
TA

He didn't trade either one.  They were free agents who signed with other teams.  Do you want to go back to the pre Cuban days?  I'm sure you would thoroughly enjoy those 11 win seasons again.  The guy has brought us over a decade of 50 win seasons and a championship a mere two seasons ago.  I guarantee you most franchises in the NBA would gladly trade the last 12 years with the Mavs.  With Cuban, 708-373.  Before Cuban, 604-922.

DaveM
DaveM

Maybe you should suspend Cuban, trading Chandler and Barea after the championship season was a really stupid move.