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Mavs Carlisle thinking of starting Fisher, benching Collison

Nov 29, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT


Texas was not one of the states that passed legalized marijuana. Right?

Because I’m generally a pretty big Rick Carlisle fan, I think he makes smart decisions as a coach. And I get he is frustrated with Darren Collison and his play, particularly on defense. And Collison is battling a finger injury. Collison was benched on Wednesday in favor of Dominique Jones. (Although, I’m not sure what Carlisle was expecting — this year’s Collison is pretty much the usual Collison. There was a reason George Hill took his job in Indiana.)

But Carlisle said he would prefer to start just-signed Derek Fisher — who at age 38 hasn’t put up numbers close to Collison’s in years — over Collison, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“I loved the way (Collison) played in Philly (off the bench),” said Carlisle, who announced the Fisher news after the Mavericks’ 101-78 blowout loss to Chicago on Wednesday night. “I think that’s a great role for him right now. I think Fisher can help us as a starter. This is a great opportunity for Darren to develop into a true starting point guard in this league.

“I really like Darren Collison as a player, and I like him even better as a person. But putting him in a position to be the starter on this team right now isn’t fair to him. With Derek coming in, it’s a great opportunity for Darren to learn from one of the greatest winners in the history of the game.”

Derek Fisher has five rings, he has a presence in the locker room, he is fearless in big moments… but the game has passed him by.

In total last season (between both the Lakers and Thunder) Fisher averaged 5.6 points a game on 5.5 shots a game, shooting 37.1 percent overall and 31.2 percent from three. Fisher had a PER 8 last season, which is way below the league average. In fact he hasn’t had a PER near the league average since 2006 and has never posted a season PER better than Collison’s 15.6 this season. Fisher is not a traditional point guard, he didn’t have to be in Phil Jackson’s triangle, but in Dallas he’s going to be asked to do things that are not his strengths. Plus he is a worse defender than Collison.

Look at it this way — the Lakers let him go last season. And Kobe Bryant loves having him around.

But go ahead and start him because he’s a winner, Carlisle. That should really solve your problems.

  1. stadix093 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I’ll forever love D Fish, but I find it hard to believe a better option doesn’t exist in the D League. Is the coach trying to get fired?

  2. sunlightpianist - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    It seems that Kurt didn’t watch many games by the Mavs. They struggled early in the first five minutes and late in the fourth, very often. Both can be fixed by experience. I don’t think Fisher would make a gift like six consecutive Turnovers in a fourth quarter. Being a starter doesn’t mean that he plays more minutes.
    Collison gets tired and unaware by his always high-speed. Fewer minutes could help him.

    That doesn’t mean that Fisher is a very good choice. They made the mistake earlier. They had Jones and Beaubois for years: A trade to save money for keeping Kidd would have been the better decision and the better mentor for a young PG.

    And what to expect from Collison? The first five games he was on a level, that Indiana was heavily criticized for trading him without need. Maybe it was over his level, and his plays are easy to read, but a coach can expect from a PG to play something easy and effective after the first 3 TOs.

  3. lakerluver - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    I love D. Fish but this is laughable!! Two years removed from a title and the Mavs are a joke. Serves Cuban right for having such a big mouth.

  4. katra2logic - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Dateline Nov 29, 2012. Time 4:20. Mr Cuban is momentarily unavailable for comments on this article…

  5. paulhargis53 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Mavs are a joke? Lakers sitting at about the same record- split the 2 games WITHOUT Dirk. Lakers with “4 hall of famers” , 3 coaches and sitting under .500? They are the joke, as are you, you sh**weasel.

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