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Rick Carlisle pulls a Popovich in interview with Chris Broussard (Video)

Rick Carlisle Chris BroussardDallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle decided he wasn’t about divulge any useful information during an in-game interview with ESPN’s Chris Broussard on Wednesday night, so he did his best Gregg Popovich impression.

Carlisle responded to each of of Broussard’s questions with one word – “yes.” He then told Broussard, “this is my Popovich impersonation.”

The Mavs were losing by 14 points after the third quarter, which is when the interview took place, so that explains why Carlisle was so irritated. Maybe he would have had a different attitude had he known his team would beat the Houston Rockets 123-120 at the end of the night.

Anyway, that really wasn’t a bad Pop impersonation. It was actually pretty close. Here’s one of Pop’s interviews for comparison.

H/T LBS tipster David

Rick Carlisle rips OJ Mayo after loss to Grizzlies

OJ-Mayo-MavericksOJ Mayo has been one of the most inconsistent players on a disappointing Dallas Mavericks team this season. He played fairly well at the start of the season with Dirk Nowitzki nursing an injury, but Mayo has had a tendency to disappear for nights at a time over the past month or so.

The Mavs are officially out of playoff contention, but head coach Rick Carlisle was hoping Mayo would turn in a solid performance against the Memphis Grizzlies — his former team — on Monday night. That did not happen, as Mayo scored only two points on 1-of-6 shooting and recorded only one assist.

“He wasn’t into it in the first half,” Carlisle said after the 103-97 loss, via NBA.com’s Jeff Kaplan. “We showed him some film at halftime where he was virtually just standing around defensively and said, ‘Hey, we need you’; just tried to get him going a little bit. He just had a bad night. I guess I’ll write it off to that. But I tell you what, if I was playing against my former team, I’d come out ready to go. I’d come out ready to go at them. But that’s me, you know, that’s me.”

Carlisle, who typically goes to great lengths to defend his players, was clearly angry with his point guard’s lack of effort. When asked about the poor performances Mayo has been prone to as of late, the Mavs coach pulled no punches.

“Well, the good news is there’s only an opportunity for one more [poor outing],” Carlisle said. “I just want to see him show up. I just want to see him show up and compete. He didn’t compete tonight. And I tell you, with all the time we’ve put into helping him develop and bringing him along, in the biggest game of the year – an opportunity to be a winning team – for him to show up like he did tonight, I was shocked. Look, sometimes guys have bad nights, so make sure to put that in there, too.”

It was probably a little too late for that last comment from Carlisle, as the message was already sent that he has not been pleased with Mayo’s lack of consistency. Just two years removed from an NBA championship, Mayo’s poor play toward the end of the season has been a microcosm for the disappointment Mark Cuban’s club has endured.

Rick Carlisle to media: ‘Go f*** yourselves’

The playoffs are slowly slipping away for the 27-33 Dallas Mavericks, and as a result head coach Rick Carlisle is starting to show some frustration. Injuries and inconsistent play have forced Carlisle to use 19 different starting lineups in 60 games this season, which is the most in the league and six more than the Mavs used all of last season.

Carlisle met with the media on Friday morning and was asked about all the different lineup combinations he has gone with. We’re merely speculating here, but it sounds like the question rubbed him the wrong way.

As Ball Don’t Lie pointed out, that stat is accurate. Carlisle used 31 different lineups during the 2005-2006 season when he coached the Indiana Pacers, so the shuffling is nothing new for him. But don’t take his foul language personally.


Since Carlisle has been known to kick a ball into the stands in anger and swear during postgame press conferences, we aren’t really surprised he would take a foul tongue with reporters. Having said that, it’s not every day a coach straight up tells the press to go f*** themselves. Happy Friday, everyone.

Rick Carlisle compares Mavericks turnover problems to a best-selling sex manual

The Dallas Mavericks have to do a better job of protecting the basketball once the regular season begins, and head coach Rick Carlisle is well aware of that. With 7-footers Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman both sidelined while nursing injuries, Dallas is going to struggle enough to grab rebounds. At the very least, they need to limit turnovers to help compensate for their lack of size.

Dallas did not do that on Saturday against the Hawks. The Mavericks are averaging 19.2 turnovers per game and turned the ball over 20 times against Atlanta, including 12 in the first half. The Hawks scored 20 points off those 12 first-half turnovers alone. Before Monday’s game against the Hornets, Carlisle gave a fantastic description of his team’s turnover issue.

“We’re doing it every way you can do it,” Carlisle said according to the Star-Telegram. “If we were a sex manual it’d be a best-seller.”

Guards O.J. Mayo, Delonte West and Darren Collison have turned the ball over 12 times each through the first five games. Fortunately for Dallas, this is why preseason games are played. There have been times where the players have looked to be in a deeper sleep than Carlisle was on the team bus recently, and that has to stop before the regular season arrives. Nowitzki could be out up to six weeks, so ball security becomes even more crucial for the Mavs while they are without their best offensive weapon. They say sex sells, but in this case Carlisle was hardly trying to be a salesman.

H/T SLAM Online

Dirk Nowitzki catches Rick Carlisle sleeping in hilarious picture

Got heeem!

The Mavericks arrived in Germany on Thursday for a few days of fun before their exhibition game on Saturday, and some members of the team were more affected by the long day of traveling than others. Germany native Dirk Nowitzki was able to catch coach Rick Carlisle sleeping on the bus with his mouth wide open, and he shared the picture on Twitter.

I’m not sure how this is going to go over with Carlisle, but he should consider himself lucky — it could have been worse.

Photo via Dirk Nowitzki/Twitter

Patriots fan gets tattoo of Tom Brady, Wes Welker, others as Legos (Picture)

With the amount of sports-related tattoos we’ve featured here on LBS alone, it’s tough to come across something original. If you’re getting a sports tattoo, chances are something similar has already been done somewhere in the world. If you want to come up with an idea that you think is totally original, you really have to dig deep. Kudos to the gentleman in the photo above for doing exactly that.

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Rick Carlisle wants the Thunder to stop all their ‘dirty bulls***’ (Video)

For the second time in his team’s first-round series against the Thunder, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle complained about the way the game was being played.

Carlisle was asked about the physical play in the series following his team’s 102-99 Game 2 loss in Oklahoma City. He slipped some profanity into his response.

“It’s playoff basketball — it’s physical. We don’t like the cheap shots when they give ‘em, and they don’t like ‘em if we give em. That’s the nature of competition,” Carlisle said. “I love hard play, clean, competitive playoff series. You throw the ball up and may the best team win. But the dirty bulls***? It’s gotta stop. We don’t want anybody getting hurt out there.”

Carlisle was referring to a play in the first quarter when Dirk Nowitzki and Kendrick Perkins mixed it up and received double technicals. Carlisle even got involved and came onto the floor. But voicing his opinion about the physical nature of a series is nothing new for him; he’s doing it to get the officials in his favor.