Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle knows that rookie guard Luka Doncic is having an incredible rookie season, but understands that the guard is carrying a big load for the team.
Doncic took over the game in the Mavs’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers that came down to the wire.
“It was one of those times where he was going to have to finish for us to have a chance,” Carlisle said, according to Gerry Fraley of SportsDay. “I love the fact that he loves carrying the load. He’s one of those dynamic young players that has the charisma to give his teammates confidence.”
The Mavericks made a number of moves at the trade deadline, leaving even more on the plate of Doncic.
“There’s more responsibility falling on Luka,” Carlisle said. “This is an important stretch to feel what it’s all about and what it feels like and what it feels like to have to deliver in all these different areas. He’s certainly capable of doing it.
“We’ve got to prepare him to carry this load going forward.”
Mavs’ Rick Carlisle Discusses Summer Pan for Luka Doncic
The Dallas Mavericks are facing a summer which gives them plenty of opportunities, via free agency and the draft, to continue their rebuild, which will be centered around superstar guard Luka Doncic and late-season addition Kristaps Porzingis.
There are also plans to continue to develop Doncic, who is a contender for NBA Rookie of the Year honors.
“Well, there will be a period of rest now” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He’ll be back in Dallas for a week in May and a week in June with our other young guys to do a developmental week twice. And I’m going to go to Slovenia at a certain point – I don’t want to advertise when it is because I don’t want it to be a media circus – to get in the gym with him along with one of our other staff guys.”
Carlisle pointed out the importance of balancing rest and hard work in regards to the summer.
“Look, we’ve got to set the tone for the importance of this summer for him. It’s got to be the right amount of rest, and the right amount of hard work. He hasn’t had this long an offseason in any time in recent years. All the EuroLeague stuff has been going well into June, and he’s always been on one of the good teams. And so every day is going to be a day where he’s got to decide – what is it today? What is it today to move to tomorrow and keep getting better?”
“If he approaches this summer the way that I believe he’s going to, he’s going to have a chance to keep moving his career upward and upward and upward.”
Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Announces Retirement
Following a strong outing against the Phoenix Suns at home, future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki announced that he is retiring, ending his 21 year NBA career, all spent playing with the Dallas Mavericks.
According to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News, Nowitzki will enter retirement following the conclusion of the regular season.
Nowitzki, 40, will be a sure Hall of Famer and led the Mavericks to an NBA Championship back in 2011 when they memorably defeated a loaded Miami Heat team comprised of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh.
Mavs’ Tim Hardaway Jr. Describes Trade from Knicks as ‘Mindblowing’
Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. knows what it’s like to be traded as he was recently dealt, for the second time, from the New York Knicks to the Mavericks as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade from a few weeks back.
“Yeah, it’s mind-blowing and it’s kind of weird when you go back to a team and they trade you again” Hardaway said, according to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.
“So it’s weird but at the same time you have to move forward.”
Hardaway remained on the Knicks until the aforementioned trade went down, sending him packing yet again.
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