Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  8 responses

Rick Carlisle Screamed at OJ Mayo During Halftime

Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle told the media that he was pleased with OJ Mayo’s play last night (18 points, 8 assists, and 6 assists in leading the Mavs to a win over the visiting Houston Rockets.) It was inspired, Carlisle believes, by him having to yell at Mayo midway through the game. Per the Dallas Morning News: “When he signed with the Mavericks last summer, O.J. Mayo said he would give his game over the coach Rick Carlisle. At times this season, that has manifested in trips to Carlisle’s woodshed. Wednesday was one of those nights. After Dallas’ 105-100 victory over Houston, Carlisle was asked Mayo’s all-around performance, despite 3-of-14 shooting, was a sign that Mayo is learning to contribute in multiple ways. ‘It’ll be a bigger sign when I don’t have to scream at him at halftime about it,’ Carlisle said. Call it tough love. Carlisle went on and on about how thrilled he has been with Mayo’s recent play, starting with the Jan. 1 Washington game. Carlisle saw slippage Wednesday night. ‘I thought in the first half, he took some shots that were ill-advised, when he is becoming a very good play-maker and a very good all-around basketball player. I’m sorry, it’s beneath me to watch a guy continue to veer off from the path that’s best for him and our team.’”

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  • roscoe

    so… if you’re a coach w/ a ring you can yell at a nba-er…

    otherwise you get fired… i.e. Avery Johnson… rings as a player are insignificant i guess.

  • spit hot fiyah

    good thing he doesn’t coach mario chalmers

  • Redd

    This was the most important news of the day, it really needed to have a thread.

    Thank you Slam.

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  • Redd

    You seem a bit emotional, a wild guess its not based on anything.

  • Max

    Wow, 18 Points, 8 assists and 6 assists?

  • speedy

    Co Sign Redd.
    Never heard that before a coach screaming at a player to motivate. ;-)

  • bike

    “I’m sorry, it’s beneath me to watch a guy continue to veer off from the path that’s best for him and our team.”
    Possibly the greatest statement ever made by an NBA coach in that five-minute window in which it was uttered.