TAG: Rick Carlisle

NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 1:01 am

Rick Carlisle Says Dirk Nowitzki Is One Of The 12 Best Of All Time

Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki

Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Earlier this week, Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki dropped in yet another mid-range jumper and passed Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the all-time scoring list. In an interview with ESPN radio on the Thursday before the Spurs played in Dallas, Dirk’s coach, Rick Carlisle, made the case that Nowitzki — now in his 16th season — was one of the 12 best players of all time. Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The Top 10 NBA Coach Of The Year Candidates

Frank Vogel

Doc Rivers, referee Gary Zielinski (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.

Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »

NBA / Nov 26, 2013 / 2:45 pm

Why The Monta Ellis Dirk Nowtizki P&R Works So Well For Dallas

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis, Dime #44

There have been a lot of surprises so far this season even though we’re still in the first month. One of them is the play of Monta Ellis, especially in tandem with franchise star Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk finally has a complimentary scorer to ease his offensive burden, and a terrific pick-and-roll partner. Read More »

NBA, Video / Nov 21, 2013 / 12:30 am

Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle Impersonate Gregg Popovich During Sideline Interview

Rick Carlisle, Chris Broussard

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has turned into the hardest sideline interview in the business, able to scoff and snark his way out of answering any question regardless of the discomfort coming from reporters just trying to do their jobs. Tonight, down double-digits entering the fourth quarter, Rick Carlisle did a fair impression. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Nov 6, 2013 / 10:00 am

After Blowout, Rick Carlisle Dryly Declares “I Was Shocked [Chris Kaman] Didn’t Play More”

Chris Kaman

Chris Kaman (photo. @ChrisKaman)

There was a back-and-forth between former Mavs center Chris Kaman and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle before the Mavs-Lakers game on Tuesday night. Kaman went on the record about his time with the Mavs, calling Carlisle “uptight” after claiming his coach played head games. After a blowout Mavs win, Carlisle, shrouded in irony, said he was shocked Kaman didn’t get more minutes in the Lakers’ blowout loss. Read More »

NBA / Oct 28, 2013 / 1:00 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Nike Basketball)

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, an aging Mavs team with two new additions to buttress star Dirk Nowitzki in the twilight of his career. Read More »

NBA / Sep 25, 2013 / 5:30 pm

The Top 15 Coaches In The NBA Right Now

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich (photo. Instagram/officialspurs)

There is a wide belief among sports fans that basketball would be the easiest sport to coach as a player. The assumption that a player could play major minutes on a professional basketball team while playing productively and controlling the ego of million dollar players does not seem like an easy thing for a person to do. This becomes incredibly important when you remember the amount of video that coaches watch to reinvigorate stagnant offenses and to keep defenses strengthened. Read More »

2013 Free Agency, NBA, Smack / Aug 15, 2013 / 11:30 pm

Monta Ellis Says He Did “60 Percent Of Everything” Before Joining Mavs

Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis (photo. Bethany Gilbert)

The Mavericks lost out on free agent Dwight Howard to their in-state rivals, Houston, this summer. But they did refurbish a backcourt that was trotting out journeyman Mike James as a starter towards the end of last season. The three guards the Mavs signed this summer as a result, Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris, were formally introduced in Dallas today. Read More »

NBA / Nov 14, 2012 / 11:45 am

The 10 Most Interesting Story Lines Of The NBA Season

Jamal Crawford

Yes, we know the season is still young. There are a lot of games left to be played in what should be a great year, but still, it seems there’ll be a surprise for us waiting around every corner.

This season has already given us some unexpected gut-punches in the first two weeks of the season. Even before opening week ended, we were treated to some moves that garnered a lot of attention and excitement, and I think the regular season will have the same compelling feel as the offseason did. Read More »

NBA / Nov 8, 2012 / 4:15 pm

No Dirk? No Problem For One Of The NBA’s Most Potent Offenses

O.J. Mayo

O.J. Mayo (photo. John Sturdy)

Even after Dallas avoided what could’ve been a knockout punch this summer (hint: Deron Williams) and instead netted some decent talent, I did not expect them to make noise in the West this year. Dirk Nowitzki was going to be out for an early chunk of the season. They had lost a handful of veteran leaders. And they were coming off yet another summer where they failed to land any big names. Mark Cuban‘s philosophy felt like it was in a tailspin, a forever cycle of Plan Bs that weren’t quite good enough. Read More »