Heard It Through the Grapevine 3-24-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 24, 2009 under xOther | 3 Comments to Read

  • Did you know that Jason Terry is averaging more points per game off the bench than any player in the last 19 years?
  • Eric Celeste of InsideCorner: “About a month ago, I was listening to Carlisle  in a post-game interview and I was struck by how the most banal questions seemed to irritate him. Not because they were boring, but because he construed them as negative. I chalked it up to him being tired or annoyed or whatnot. Then I read Richie Whitt’s column over at Sportatorium where he details another Carlisle incident, this time with official voice of the Mavs (VOTM) Chuck Cooperstein…I think Phil Jackson spends as much time mocking the media as anyone. But the difference is that his mocking, nearly disgusted demeanor doesn’t carry onto the court. It seems to me that Carlisle’s uptight, I’m-smarter-than-the-room attitude is evident on the sidelines. It even smacks of late-era Avery at times, which is quite scary. And if you haven’t proven yourself, I do think the troops are less likely to cut you slack if it appears you can be derailed by a simple question regarding the negatives to be addressed in an ugly win against an inferior team. (Which is what happened with Coop.)…Will Carlisle’s attitude and cockiness become a problem, like it was with Avery?”  I’m gonna take a crack at this one.  Just like Eric mentioned, Phil Jackson is a prime example of coaches who frequently disrespect  the media but still rock at what they do.  Gregg Popovich is yet another example.  Just because you go all wiseguy in front of the cameras or a mic doesn’t seem to be that much of an indicator of coaching success.  There are two important factors that could affect the team’s performance, though: first, if, as Eric notes, that demeanor and attitude carries over to the locker room.  It’s hard to say how Carlisle deals with his team behind closed doors, and those who do know would likely never speak on the record about it.  So all we have there is conjecture.  The second thing is the nature of that attitude.  Avery is the more overt, yelling at his players til they either defend with tenacity or their ears bleed.  Carlisle’s approach, while potentially equally piercing in nature, is infinitely more subtle.  I know it seems obvious, but there really is something to the volume.
  • Happy 36th birthday to Jason Kidd.  I got you some argyle socks.
  • I try to pay Young Master Hollins a compliment by appreciating where his head was, and he goes and makes me look like an idiot by saying this (via Tim MacMahon of the DMN Mavs Blog): “‘Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the game, and I think sometimes he has issues trusting his teammates,’ said Hollins, who probably saw a lot of Lakers games while playing college ball at UCLA. ‘Maybe we catch them off guard, kind of get Kobe into playing a little one-on-one or doing a little too much, I think we’ve got a shot at them definitely.’”
  • Most Mavs’ tickets will be reduced in price between $4-$8 next season.
  • Chaz

    It would be a farce if JET didn’t win 6th Man of the Year. Manu missed too much time. Nate is not on a playoff team in the East, and AK47 has had injuries and more starts than Terry (I believe) while not being as big of a threat.

  • Brian D

    The only way JET doesn’t win it is if the Mavs miss the playoffs. And if that happens, we’ve got bigger worries than a 6th man award snub.

    On that same note, kudos to the Mavs on acquiring great 6th men – Nick the Quick, Jamison, Stack, Jet….I was in 8th grade the last time they didn’t have a dominant guy off the bench.

  • wacc_attack

    too bad JET is the only dominant guy off the bench…