Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 11:25 am  |  9 responses

Rick Carlisle Calls Out Samuel Dalembert for Being Out of Shape

It didn’t take long for Samuel Dalembert to get a verbal lashing from Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. Only one preseason game, in fact. Carlisle called out the Mavs’ new starting center for being out of shape. Per ESPN: “Carlisle doesn’t believe Samuel Dalembert is in the shape necessary for him to be a quality starting center and told the big man as much after the Mavs’ 94-92 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Dalembert, who signed a two-year, $7.6 million deal this summer, picked up four fouls and committed four turnovers along with four points and two rebounds in less than 11 minutes of playing time. ‘I just told him in front of the whole team that he’s got to keep working,’ said Carlisle, who mentioned Dalembert’s conditioning issues to the media without a question being asked about the center. ‘We need his minutes. They’re going to be very important to us. He’s a factor. When he’s in shape, he’s a factor as a rim protector and rebounder, and he gives you a big, active, athletic body in there.’ Dalembert, an 11-year veteran playing for his fifth team in five seasons, didn’t agree with his coach’s assessment of his conditioning. ‘It’s not that,’ said Dalembert, who was fighting a relatively serious case of the sniffles. ‘The main thing that happened to me is I got hurt. I got hurt in the first practice of camp. Stupid me, my pride takes over and I wanted to practice. I didn’t want to take off, so that kind of slowed me down a little bit.’ Dalembert said he bruised his back during Tuesday’s morning practice when he fell to the floor and had a teammate come crashing down on him. He said he missed some of that evening’s practice, received treatment, including anti-inflammatory medication, and is “feeling much better” now. Dalembert, who drifted in and out of the Milwaukee Bucks’ rotation last season, attributed his rough preseason debut in Dallas to being ‘one of those games.’ … ‘I mean, I feel fine,’ Dalembert said. ‘I didn’t get a chance to play today. I got myself in foul trouble early on, so just have to get ready for the next game.’”

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  • Anthony

    I personally feel like Samuel Dalembert took my spot in the NBA, though I’m 2 inches shorter I was more skilled, just as or more athletic, and my IQ was higher. I’ve never liked this dude…(glad I had an accounting degree to fall back on)

  • dannyb

    How can he be out of shape? He can do the splits!

  • JML-G

    yeah right

  • Max

    I didn’t think it was possible, but the Mavs defence will be even worse than we expected.

  • carlos

    I was at the game last night… and yes, it will be

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  • Anthony

    I do have an accouting degree! & a B.S. in Business Mgmt (c/o 2000 NC State Univ) & my MBA thank you very much sir. (or oh, it didn’t occur to you that “wanna be’s”, “almost made its” and “never made its” would be on this site…b/c surely they don’t read magazines….and if they did no way it would be BASKETBALL magazines)….geesh…smh

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  • LP @ThisisEther

    man i’ve gotta use this one