If you’re sick of ESPN’s coverage of LaVar Ball, join the club as it has yet another member in the form of Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.
Like many, Carlisle is sick of the coverage Ball receives, mainly the nauseating obsession ESPN has with anything and everything associated that Ball says.
Carlise says considers it a “disgrace” that Ball’s comments criticizing Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton were published by ESPN.
“As president of the coaches association, I view the recent ESPN article as a disgrace, quite honestly,” Carlisle said before Dallas’ game against the New York Knicks.
“Luke Walton is a terrific young coach who is bringing along a young team, and it’s a difficult task. If you don’t believe it, just ask me. We’re going through that now and went through that last year.”
Carlisle considers ESPN a partner of the NBA going as far to say that NBA coaches grant the network access and interviews due to that partnership.
“In exchange for that, they should back up the coaches,” Carlisle said. “Printing an article where the father of an NBA player has an opinion that is printed as anything like legitimate erodes trust. It erodes the trust that we’ve built with ESPN, and our coaches are upset, because Luke Walton does not deserve that.
“Two years ago, he took a veteran team and led them to 24 wins in a row, which is an amazing accomplishment. Off of that, he earned the Laker job. To have to deal with these kinds of ignorant distractions is deplorable.”
Carlisle was then asked if ESPN should determine which news to publish based on what coaches will like.
“I’m saying that they should look at their sources and do a better job of determining whether they have any merit or any validity. Or are they just blowhard loudmouths?” Carlisle said. “That’s what I’m saying. You got that?”
ESPN’s obsessive coverage of Ball, Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel has turned a lot of people off over the years and it seems that are continuing to go down that irritating road.
Mavericks Exploring Trade Market
The Dallas Mavericks appear to be scouring the trade market to provide a boost to their roster, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein during an appearance on The Ringer’s Bill Simmons’ podcast.
The Mavericks are reportedly looking to the trade market and could be eyeing a potential deal with the New York Knicks, as Simmons proposed a deal that would send Wesley Matthews from Dallas to New York in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.
“They are looking, and they want to do something” Stein said. “There is no question about that. [Mavericks general manager] Donnie Nelson is always active, and so they’ve got chips. I don’t think it has materialized [in terms of] what is out there yet. We’re not even at December 15, but they’re always on the lookout to do something.”
Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Talks Setback in his Recovery
Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowtizki admitted that he suffered a setback in his recovery from the ankle surgery he underwent late last season, as head coach Rick Carlisle announced earlier during the week.
“I’ve had some foot problems. I had surgery in April and it healed okay,” Nowitzki said, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “Told I was working out in Aug. and I think I did too much. I had a little setback. Right now it’s not great. I haven’t practiced with the team. I’m [limited] to light shooting, cardio work and lifting weights.”
Carlisle indicated that it would only a matter of weeks until the legendary German player makes his season debut, a milestone that will break former Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant’s record for most seasons with one franchise.
“Yeah. I always said, ‘Whatever is best for the team,’” Nowitzki said. “We had two tough seasons. [I’ll do] whatever helps us win. We’ll see how our team shapes up; Coach will figure out what’s best. It’s about the team, about the franchise. It’s not so much about one guy.”
Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento
Sacramento Kings point guard Yogi Ferrell recently joined the team on a two-year, $6.2 million contract, abruptly backing out of a prior agreement with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, who offered him a two-year $5.3 million pact.
Ferrell explained his decision during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.
“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” Ferrell explained. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”
Ferrell averaged 10.2 ppg last season after working hard to earn a contract with the Mavericks, coming from the NBA’s D-League.
“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”
“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”
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