The Dallas Mavericks' biggest acquisition from the summer of 2012 is now officially a bust. Too bad. O.J. Mayo is a nice guy, but now we know there was a reason why the Memphis Grizzlies demoted him, and eventually traded him.
The only other time Carlisle has called out a player in such a way was Lamar Odom in his very brief stint with the team last season.
Carlisle accused Mayo of something no coach can tolerate - not "competing". That's code for - he wasn't trying.
Carlisle said of Mayo: “He wasn’t into it the first half. We showed him some film at halftime where he virtually was just standing around defensively. I said, ‘Hey, we need you.’
“He just had a bad night; I guess I’ll write it off to that. But I tell you what, if I was playing against my former team I’d come out ready to go at them. But that’s me.”
“With all the time that we put into helping him develop and bringing him along, in the biggest game of the year and an opportunity to be a winning team, for him to show up like he did tonight, I was shocked. I just want to see him show up. I want to see him show up and compete. He didn’t compete tonight.”
But if Mayo doesn't think he can get at least $4.2 million elsewhere, he may force the Mavs' hand and stay put.
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