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Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Posted on: March 2, 2012 7:37 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 7:38 pm
Rick Carlisle has a trophy, but he doesn't want the headaches involved with Lamar Odom. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

It's not going well for Lamar Odom in Dallas right now. He's not playing well, he left the team this week for personal reasons and instead of returing to the Mavericks, he'll be headed to their D-League affiliate in Frisco instead.

And don't think for a second the Mavs are entirely cool with it all. In fact, coach Rick Carlisle is pretty much fed up with Odom. Via ESPN Dallas:
"When he comes back, we're going to find out very quickly where things are at," Carlisle during his weekly appearance Friday on the ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Galloway & Co." "He's going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he's in."


"Mark asks a fundamental question of anybody in our franchise: Are they in or are they not in?" Carlisle said. "Our fans want to know that Lamar's in. Our players want to know that Lamar's in. It's not about how many points he's scoring or rebounds; those things are a factor. Our fans, our players want to see the guy playing like his pants are on fire and we haven't seen that so far and that's got to change."
If Odom had been clearly committed on the floor, this obviously wouldn't be a question. But he hasn't come close to playing anywhere close to the level he did last season with the Lakers when he won Sixth Man of the Year. He hasn't just had a down year. He's fallen on his face. And the Mavs, notably Carlisle and the locker room, are pretty much sick of it.

"There is a personal issue here and we do not know the extent of it or the details of it," Carlisle said. "There is a fine line between compassion, which our owner is showing, and gross insensitivity."

"I'm disappointed," Carlisle continued, "with the way the whole thing's gone. We've worked hard with this kid. I'm a patient guy, Mark is a patient guy, Donnie is a patient guy, our team is a patent team, but patience has worn thin here.

"... This is serious business. The business of winning NBA basketball games is serious business. This is not easy. It's not easy to win a game in the NBA. ... We need people that are engaged and we need people that are into it. Our players will tell you the same thing. You ask Jason Kidd, you ask Dirk and they're going to tell you the same exact thing, and every night that you step onto the court or you step into that coaching box, it's a war and you've to got to be ready to go to war as a player and you've got to have people around you as a coach on your coaching staff, and ownership that are ready to go to battle with you and that's what we ask."

Tell us how you really feel, Rick. But he has reason to be worn out with it. At a certain point you can't just toe the company line and say everything that's politically correct. Odom's making almost $9 million this season and he's not holding up his end of the deal. He's mailing it in for the Mavs and they aren't happy with it.

Carlisle even said this, which I thought was maybe his strongest quote: "When Lamar comes back, if he comes on the floor and he competes the way people expect him to compete as a member of a world championship defending team," Carlisle said, "this problem will go away." The Mavs aren't hiding behind anything here. Their cards are on the table. Now it's up to Odom to meet them.

Odom's agent, Jeff Schwartz, put out a statement Friday on behalf of his player.

"The whole idea of going to the D-League was Lamar's," Schwartz said. "He proposed it to the Mavs; they never asked him. He wanted to get some floor time in actual game conditions before rejoining the team. People need to educate themselves on the rules in place here. NBA veterans don't get sent to the D-League without their consent."

No, they don't. But NBA veterans the caliber of Odom don't typically have to be.


Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:08 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

People who get all bent out of shape about calling these games. "wars" or "battles" need to lighten up already. We all know the difference between a real war and a game, it's just a figure of speech. I would imagine most real live soldiers wouldn't be offended by the use of those terms by now. I'm absolutely positive Rick Carlisle is aware that basketball and real war are not he same.

Since: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:01 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom


Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:46 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Lamars fat a** wife is calling the shots now. Leave his ungrateful a** in the D-League. You would think that someone with 6 kids and an ex-wife to support as well as feeding the whale he's married to that he would be grateful, but just like all the other spoiled aa's he thinks he is somehow entitled.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:18 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Wow.  Thanks for standing on your soap box and spewing that PC drivel. 

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:08 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Can you say P-whupped? $9 mil and you are in Dallas? That's like $20 mil in LA.

Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:08 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

First of all, that's a horrible statement to make about NBA players being homeless or in jail, because if they were, there will be no league. Also, it's sounds like a racist staement being as though most NBA players are black. Keep watching that boring NASCAR sir, we don't need you to watch a real sport.

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:26 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Very interesting. Graps another handful of popcorn and watches the drams unfold. Tongue out

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:17 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Now I know why I don't watch the NBA.  It's a garbage league with garbage people like this.  If this guy was 5'11" rather than 7 feet tall, he'd be homeless or in jail, like the rest of the NBA players.

Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:51 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

Enough already with the whining about how comparing a sporting event to war or a battle is disrepectful to actual soldiers. The words "war" and "battle" are routinely used every day by people all over the world to describe situations of conflict that don't involve actual wars or battles. Ever heard of a "war of words" or the "battle of the sexes"? Get off your high horse. It's just a couple of words that coaches and players use to describe what goes on in their sport.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:44 am

Carlisle: Patience has 'worn thin' with Odom

people have to cut Lamar some slack.  The Lakers traded him to the defending champion.  That's a lot of pressure for a guy like Lamar who has never had to play in a pressure packed situation like that.  And geeeez, he's only making $9 million, that's not really enough to risk a floor burn or something worse like a sprained finger.  Lay off, Lamar is just being Lamer, and that's ok, there's a lot like him in the NBA.

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