Dirk Nowitzki believes that Rajon Rondo's argument with Rick Carlisle could help Mavericks

After the Dallas Mavericks walked away from beating the Toronto Raptors last night, all of the questions facing head coach Rick Carlisle were about his argument with Rajon Rondo.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Well, an emotional game and we had a difference of opinion,” Carlisle said of Rondo. “There was an exchange and then in my mind it was over.”“We won,” Rondo said as he exited the locker room.

Did he want to discuss what happened?

“Discuss it with Rick,” Rondo said in an even tone, not appearing angry.

Asked why he kept Rondo on the bench, Carlisle called it a “coach’s decision.

“I thought it worked out well,” Carlisle added. “The other guys stepped up and we were able to win the game.”

Is Rondo still the starting point guard?

“That’s what we brought him here for,” Carlisle said.

So it sounds like everything is just going swell in Dallas as this was just an isolated mixup, right? Perhaps not, as the Mavericks announced today that they will be suspending Rondo for tonight's matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. But wait, based on their post-game comments, wasn't everything fine afterwards?

Not quite:


Now is an important time to remind you that Rondo is an unrestricted free agent and while the Mavericks have stated that they want to resign him, both parties may be changing their tune now. Of course the opposite could happen as well, which Dirk Nowitzki thinks will happen based on his past experience.

Again from the Dallas Morning News:

“Sometimes dust-ups can even bring you together,” Nowitzki said. “I remember Coach had a dust-up with Jet right before the playoffs in 2011 and that probably was the best thing that happened to us — was Jet was on his best behavior throughout the whole playoffs.

“Sometimes stuff like that can bring both sides together.”

Nowitzki may be on to something as this is not the first time Rondo has got into it with a coach. While with the Celtics, Rondo had numerous exchanges with Doc Rivers and those two worked through their differences to much success. Can the same happen in Dallas? We will find out after Rondo's supension ends.

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