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Rick Carlisle slams Dalembert for lack of conditioning

Oct 8, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

Samuel Dalembert AP

If Dallas is going to creep up into one of those final couple playoff spots in the West, they are going to need Samuel Dalembert. Not his offense — he doesn’t have much and the team has more than enough guys who want the rock in their hands anyway (can’t wait for the Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis fireworks with Jose Calderon stuck in the middle).

Rather, with the backcourt they assembled the Mavericks are going to need a rim-protector in the frontcourt. They are going to need a lot of Samuel Dalembert.

Dallas played its first preseason game Monday night and after it Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle pulled no punches in how disappointed he was in Dalembert’s conditioning, as reported at

“I just told him in front of the whole team that he’s got to keep working,” said Carlisle, who mentioned Dalembert’s conditioning issues to the media without a question being asked about the center. “We need his minutes. They’re going to be very important to us. He’s a factor. When he’s in shape, he’s a factor as a rim protector and rebounder, and he gives you a big, active, athletic body in there.”

Not shockingly, Dalembert sees things differently. The veteran says he is battling injuries.

“It’s not that,” said Dalembert, who was fighting a relatively serious case of the sniffles. “The main thing that happened to me is I got hurt. I got hurt in the first practice of camp. Stupid me, my pride takes over and I wanted to practice. I didn’t want to take off, so that kind of slowed me down a little bit.”

Dalembert struggled in his rim protector role in Milwaukee last season (the Bucks allowed 5.4 more points per 100 possessions when he was on the court, according to but again injuries were a key issue — he played in just 47 games.

Which is to say Dalembert needs to get healthy, he needs to get in shape or Dallas is toing to have to resort to the Don Nelson days of just outscoring everyone to win.

  1. 11thstreetmafia - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    This part of the reason why guaranteed contracts are ridiculous.

  2. lucifershuttlesworth - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a more porous back court than Ellis & Calderon and I am totally stumped. Only a matter of time before Westbrook, Harden, Curry or another young gun hangs 60 on the Mavs.

    • bougin89 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Calderon is a smart, efficient offensive player. That being said, he’s far from dominate.

    • ryanrockzzz - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Ever heard of a team called the Sixers? That backcourt makes this one look really, really, good.

    • tk41 - Oct 8, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      They’ll be middle-of-the-pack, like last year. I think the offense is where they’ll see some pretty significant gains. Carlisle has consistently done a decent job implementing team defense (even when they’ve had crappy defenders executing it).
      Having said that, Sammy D is going to be pretty critical to their defensive concepts. With him as a solid rim protector, they’re probably about 5 wins better than last year & fighting for the 6 spot. Without him, they’re probably 2-3 wins worse & back in the lotto.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      “I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of a more porous back court than Ellis & Calderon and I am totally stumped”

      Steve Nash and 1-achilles-Kobe.

  3. divan22 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Hilarious how know-nothings have chosen Monta Ellis as the universal punching bag for the NBA. He was a highly-efficient offensive player for the Warriors (seriously, look it up) before falling off with the Bucks.

    He’s scored his points inefficiently now for all of TWO seasons.

    You cowards chose Monta as the sacrificial lamb so that you wouldn’t have to slam the Iversons or Carmelos… players who have been inefficient chuckers their entire careers, but who the media has a constant hard-on for due to the TV ratings those guys produce.

    Monta has his flaws (like every NBA player not named LeBron) but he also has his strengths. He’ll fit in nicely with Dirk and company, because contrary to popular belief, he’s NOT just a selfish player who refuses to pass. He is ANNUALLY among the top assist-getters for non-PGs in the NBA.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Monta Ellis has not been an efficient scorer for years. He was better his first couple seasons in the league but by his third season he was at the league average in True Shooting Percentage (which counts threes and getting to the line) and it has dropped well below that every year since, including the years you mention. He has been a drag on offenses for most of his career, and if you watched him the past four years and don’t think he’s a chucker I question your BB IQ. I get you like the guy, but he cut from the same cloth as Carmelo and Iverson, and not nearly as good as either of them. Those guys can do it much better.

      • divan22 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Iverson was inefficient his entire career, Ellis has been inefficient for 4 years, according to you.

        Compare Monta’s assist numbers to Carmelo’s. Carmelo’s a MUCH bigger chucker and always has been.

        But you don’t have the stones to diss Carmelo the way you do Ellis, now do you? Of course not. Ellis is the easy target since he doesn’t have 5% of the fanbase Carmelo has.

        KURT HELIN questioning someone’s basketball IQ? Hah! I love unintentional comedy.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        Carmelo Anthony has consistently used much more of his team’s offense when on the court (go see usage rate numbers, Monta is at at 25 percent to Anthony’s 31 percent, yet Anthony has maintained a higher true shooting percentage. Usually, the more offense you take on, the more that number goes down because you reduce the quality of shots. While Monta does pass more, it doesn’t make him a more efficient player. He’s just not. Sorry.

        Also, you vastly overestimate my concern about what Carmelo and Knicks fans think of me.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:15 AM

      “He was a highly-efficient offensive player for the Warriors (seriously, look it up) before falling off with the Bucks.”

      His PER* in 2010 with the Warriors was 16.7. In 2013 with the Bucks it was 16.2.

      Yeah, he had some better years in Golden State where he put up a career high 19.0 PER, but he also had other years where he put up a 15.0 PER. But his average PER with the Dubs was 16.8. Again, not far off from his 16.2 in Milwaukee.

      None of these numbers – 19.0, 16.8 or 16.2 – can be classified as “highly efficient” for an offensive player.

      *Player Efficiency Rating

  4. shuttaman1990 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Of course had to be Canadian, way to go at making us look bad.

  5. rickyspanish - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:46 PM


    Your “BB IQ” has been called out son! You gonna take that lying down?

    • divan22 - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      I schooled him so he deleted the comment. Did you expect anything else?

  6. rickyspanish - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM


    He deleted it? COWARD!!!

  7. abxyer - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    How can you delete someone else’s comment or a comment for that matter?
    And what was your reply that schooled him?

    • divan22 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Kurt can delete stuff since he writes for the site.

      I pointed out that his constant Monta-bashing is weak considering the fact that Iverson was inefficient his entire career while Ellis has been inefficient for just the last 4 years, according to Kurt.

      As for Carmelo, Monta’s not as good as he is but that’s not the point. Monta’s not being roasted for his overall level of play; after all, it’s not like Monta’s the worst player in the league, but how many other NBA players does Kurt rip on this consistently?

      Monta’s ripped on for being an inefficient chucker who doesn’t share the ball, so let’s compare him to Carmelo in that regard, shall we?

      Monta’s assist numbers the last 4 seasons: 5.3, 5.6, 6.0, 6.0. He’s annually among the highest assists/game in the NBA for a non-PG.

      This is the “chucker” Kurt’s decided to rip on?

      Meanwhile, here are Carmelo’s assist numbers the last 4 seasons: 3.2, 2.9, 3.6, 2.6.

      Monta’s “cut from the same cloth” as THAT? Try again.

      Kurt picks on Monta because Monta doesn’t have 5% of the fanbase a guy like Carmelo has, and he doesn’t want to alienate all the Knicks fans. It’s beyond cowardly.

      Nearly as cowardly as deleting comments that put him in his place.

      • divan22 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        And tell me it’s not unintentionally hilarious for KURT HELIN to call anyone out for a lack of basketball IQ! Sure gave me a good laugh.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        You should ask Knicks fans if I care about pissing them off, they told me all last season how I picked on their poor team too much.

        I’ll give you the truth: I honestly do not care what you write about or think about me. Monta hasn’t been efficient in four years at least, you go look it up, and while Anthony is a gunner who relies on too many long twos he’s simply better at scoring than Monta. You can think of that what you want, it’s just a fact.

  8. rickyspanish - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM


    He’s saying that Helin deleted the comment.

  9. peddealer - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Kurt Hellin, who do you think you are and what gives you the right?

    Try giving us some adult statistics and not simple crap like PER and usage rates that anyone can Google and look up.

    You call yourself a professional?

    By the way, you are doing a great job of appealing to preteens with BB IQ’s >80!

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      You come here and comment regularly. So what demo are you in?

      Which “adult” statistics are you referring to? That may be the strangest phrasing ever.

  10. divan22 - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Oh, what a copout.

    I already said Monta’s not as good as Carmelo, so don’t try hiding behind that now.

    It’s not that you rip Monta because he’s an awful NBA player. There are BOATLOADS of worse players you could rip on if that were the case.

    You do it because he’s a “chucker”.

    But Carmelo’s the far bigger chucker. Hell, Nick Young’s a far bigger chucker. Neither one of those guys have ever come close to 6 assists/game and never will.

    But when’s the last time you went out of your way to rip on Carmelo? He’s a chucker who eats up a HUGE portion of his team’s salary cap. So his team is built around him yet he doesn’t win in the playoffs because he’s not a complete player. Hell, the Nuggets may have improved after he left. At the VERY least, they didn’t get much worse. Linsanity only happened because the black hole was on the shelf with an injury.

    Your cowardice has never been more evident. Monta is the safe, easy target. Hell, when’s the last time you went out of your way to rip Nick Young? Or ANY of the NBA’s other “chuckers”?

    Let’s make a deal: I won’t destroy you for embarrassing yourself on your own site anymore if you HIRE AN EDITOR. That way you can at least pretend to be something like a real journalist. Learning something about the sport is probably asking too much.

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