DALLAS -- There’s a huge difference between the start of training camp last year and this year.
And that suits Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle just fine.
Before the lockout shorten the 2011-‘12 season to 66 games, NBA teams went through just 16 days of training camp. But this year with a new collective bargaining agreement in place for its first full season, the Mavs will have 31 days of training camp before opening the season against the Lakers
in Los Angeles on Oct. 30.
Obviously, coach Rick Carlisle likes the longer training camp better. And since the Mavs play preseason games Oct. 6 in Germany and Oct. 9 in Spain, the NBA let them start training camp three days earlier than the majority of the other teams.
“We had an eight-day training camp last year and this year we have 31,’’ Carlisle said Friday during Media Day. “One of the by-products of playing one of the European teams is you get to
travel and those sorts of things.
“We’ll have 31 days together before opening night in LA. The other teams start on Tuesday. It’s a big advantage compared to last year.’’
Training camps opened last year on Dec. 9 with the Mavs opening the regular season with a Dec. 25 home game against the Miami Heat.
-- Dwain Price
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