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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:58 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver. rick-carlisle

Imagine winning an NBA title and not being able to soak in all the adulation. 

That's the predicament facing the Dallas Mavericks, who won the 2011 NBA Finals over the Miami Heat in June and then promptly saw the league enter a lockout July 1. With the lockout came a gag order and a threatened fine of $1 million on any team employee who mentions current players in public.

Thankfully, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was able to get around the gag order during a recent awards ceremony, in which the NBA pre-cleared him to appear along with his players to accept an award.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, however, may not be so lucky.

During an innocuous interview with 750 AM The Game in Portland, notes that Carlisle discussed multiple members of the Portland Trail Blazers by name and made reference to a few of his own players as well.

What happened next?
The interview continues with neither party thinking gag-order violation flags were being thrown in New York. And so the conversation meandered on and at about 11 minutes in, as Carlisle is talking about how changes to NBA rules over the last decade have enhanced the game, he finishes a rambling thought by suddenly detouring to, "John, I'm sorry, I've got to run. I've got something I've got to do here." 

And that was that. 

Carlisle's abrupt exit spawned a new conversation about why he bailed so quickly. Was NBA Big Brother listening? 
Here we have another clear violation of the NBA's gag order policy just a few days after Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn discussed multiple members of his team at a press conference that announced the firing of coach Kurt Rambis.

The NBA has yet to issue a true comment publicly and has not yet levied a fine for either violation. A rule -- even a dumb one -- is only as good as its enforcement. The only conclusions we're left to reach are that either the NBA realizes its own rule is overly Draconian and is letting people slide or the hammer has yet to drop.  Either way, the silence and delay make the NBA look unorganized and unfocused.

Those are not words you want attached to your negotiating position during a labor negotiation.

As for Carlisle, you feel for the guy. This is unquestionably the pinnacle of his career. If any of us were in his shoes, we'd be doing 10 radio shows a day, soaking in all the congratulations and recounting our favorite moments from the dream ride. Those are the spoils that go to victors. Instead, he could very well have to write a check to the NBA for acknowledging the players who helped him get there. Brutal.

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:08 pm

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

This lockout is a joke. First Chirs Bosh is granted to have some coaches attend his bachelor party, then the same for Stephen Curry, then Mark Cuban was allowed to be with his team on stage for the ESPYs...seriously? if your going to do a lockout stand up to it, or better yet solve it!

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:31 pm

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

The NBA owners are pretty stupid for still keeping this hilarious version of censorship up.  Who does this?  This is exactly what a child would be doing, instead we have full grown men doing a kid-thing by constantly doing this schtick.  The NBA's PA is the owners's partners whether or not some people want to accept it, trying to literally ignore them in some stupid labor dispute is outright stupid in itself.

They are going to have to deal with them in the real world of negotiations whether or not they like it, acting like they don't exist amidst labor negatiations is backwards.  They must be all that "tall white guy plays on my team", or "that skinny short guy with that odd looking nose apparently plays for me!" during the negotiations amongst themselves.  I get it NBA owneship.  This is an awsomes skit for the comedy shows, espeically if they get real NBA players for it (which clearly is feasible in 2 months).

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:49 pm

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

I don't know how Stern did it, but he's ruined the sport I love. 

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:33 pm

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

The Draconian way the league is censoring any communication or dialogue concerning current NBA players is simply terrible PR. In a dispute between millionaires and billionaires, neither side can afford to look petty without tarnishing everything the league has built so far.  David Stern and the owners have taken a big step into "Pettyland". The owners would be well advised to remember who pays them to pay the players. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:16 pm

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

"Either way, the silence and delay make the NBA look unorganized and unfocused."

I'd guess everyone paying attention had figured out the NBA is "unorganized and unfocused" long before this story. Otherwise, they'd either be negotiating right now or a new agreement would have been in place months ago. Heck, the officiating - that everyone not-named-David-Stern agrees is horrendous - illustrates the NBA can't even get their referees to focus on the game they're working! It's going to be a long, cold winter.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:57 pm

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle violates NBA gag order

The NBA looks more and more ridiculous every day. First, they take the NBA Studio show off of the NBA Network. Second, they take current NBA players off the NBA website. Third, they won't even replay games featuring current players on the NBA Network. The NFL never stopped their studio show, never messed with the website and routinely replayed games from the last few years. They even replayed games from last year. This is David Stern's suffocating, iron-fisted micromanagement times a hundred.

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