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Carlisle won't suspend, but will bench players

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08:04 AM ET 01.02 | Over the weekend, the dispiriting chemistry experiment that is the Dallas Mavericks finally got the better of Rick Carlisle, who backed off his threat to possibly suspend players. "There's no threat of suspension," Carlisle said before the Mavericks played the Washington Wizards Tuesday. "We talked about some things the other night after the game, but nobody's getting suspended." ... Carlisle may instead turn to the time-honored coaching tradition of benching players who aren't performing. "You fall back on how much you care about them," Carlisle said. "Fall back on coaching then harder and working on getting them better and then if guys aren't doing what they're supposed to do on the court, then they've got to sit."

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January 2, 2013  08:07 AM ET

There will be a lot of whining coming out of Dallas.

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January 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET

Can You Bench The Owner, Bro?

January 2, 2013  09:58 AM ET

LOL suspend a player for bad play.....not going to happen

January 2, 2013  10:58 AM ET

Can he bench himself too? 'coz his play calling has been less than stellar as well.

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January 2, 2013  07:50 PM ET
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Dallas isn't the same team.... If you don't have the right ingredients, you can't cook a 5 star meal. It's that simple. Great players make a coach look great. Case in Point: Red Aurbach and Phil Jackson couldn't make Dallas look good this year. Derek Fisher jumped ship for a reason.

dfish coming back to make the lakers even older! 2003/2004 Lakers season flashback. all that talent and no chemistry.

 
January 3, 2013  11:26 AM ET
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Can You Bench The Owner, Bro?

Aw man!! Whut up wit dat?

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