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News » Needing to be 'an energizer' Carlisle pulls out film to push Humphries to improve his game

Needing to be 'an energizer' Carlisle pulls out film to push Humphries to improve his game

Needing to be 'an energizer' Carlisle pulls out film to push Humphries to improve his game Coaching is a tough business, especially when it comes to telling players they've messed up.

But that's partly why Rick Carlisle gets the big bucks. And he's found in his years of leading NBA teams that being honest with players usually eliminates problems.

"I haven't seen a film yet that lies and tells you something that's not there," Carlisle said Sunday. "It's not personal. It's coaching. It's trying to get the team better.

"We try not to hammer them with too much film. But on the other hand, there are some things they got to see and you got to show them."

A lot of these Mavericks found the last coach, Avery Johnson, overbearing. But he also led the Mavericks to their only appearance in an NBA Finals.

When a coach has to tell a player he's making a mistake, he can scream, he can be subtle or he can simply say, "Look at the film."

All three can be effective, and Carlisle has used each. For Kris Humphries, he went to the film.

"I'm greedy," Carlisle said. "I want him to play better and better. The last couple games, some things have been falling off a little bit in terms of his energy level so I've talked to him about that. He needs to be an energizer guy for us."

Specifically, Carlisle showed Humphries that he took a pass when it came to getting back on defense after a Mavericks' turnover Saturday against Cleveland.

Carlisle said Saturday's game was one of Humphries' worst of the preseason, though he nearly had a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Humphries is expected to do the dirty work, which some players have a problem with.

Not him.

"It depends on what you consider dirty work and glamour work," he said. "You got guys who can shoot real well. You got guys who can penetrate. And then you got guys who are going to have to dive on the floor, rebound, bring a little extra that sometimes guys who play a lot more minutes have a tough time doing night in and night out."

That's Humphries. Or, at least, that's what Carlisle expects. And the film doesn't lie.

Healing up: Shawn Marion is hoping to return for the team's final preseason game Friday at Houston. Before that, the Mavericks go to Pittsburgh for Tuesday's rematch against Cleveland.

Josh Howard continues to make progress, but after several months recovering from ankle surgery, there's still no timetable for his return.

As for Tim Thomas, he's had three weeks since his right knee surgery and he said Sunday he's at least another week and a half or two weeks from being cleared to practice. He also missed three days with flu-like symptoms.

Once cleared, he said, it would be another week or two to get back in game condition.

"It's my first surgery, and I didn't know what to expect," the 32-year-old forward said. "It's one of those things where, if I was younger, I'd probably bounce back a lot sooner. ... Now, I'm behind the eight ball a little bit, but I'm doing everything I can to get back."




Day Date Opponent TV Time

Tue 20 vs. Cleveland* HDNet 6:30

Fri 23 at Houston Ch. 21 7:30

* at Pittsburgh



Day Date Opponent TV Time

Tue 27 Washington FSSW 7:30

Fri 30 at LA Lakers Ch. 21/ESPN 9:30

Sat 31 at LA Clippers Ch. 21 9:30


Day Date Opponent TV Time

Tue 3 Utah FSSW 7:30

Wed 4 at New Orleans FSSW/ESPN 8:30

Sat 7 Toronto Ch. 21 7:30

Tue 10 Houston Ch. 21 7:30

Wed 11 at San Antonio Ch. 21 7:30

Fri 13 at Minnesota FSSW 7:00

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Added: October 20, 2009


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