LOS ANGELES – Just because he’s a rookie, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn’t anticipate forward Jae Crowder having any butterflies in tonight’s season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I don’t think there’s anything that can affect that guy either way,’’ Carlisle said after this morning’s shootaround at Loyola Marymount University. “He’s going to approach it the way he approaches it.
“That’s one of the reasons he’s had good success to this point. He’s unfazed.’’
Crowder has been one of the main bright spots for the Mavs during this year's training camp and preseason. The 6-6 product from Marquette averaged 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Mavs finished preseason play wth a 4-4 record.
“He approaches things in a very systematic way, which is what you like in young players,’’ Carlisle said. “The fact that he’s been really good for us so far is a tribute to him as a kid, the coaching that he had at Marquette and I think the influence that his dad had on him.’’
Jae Crowder's dad, Corey Crowder, used to play in the NBA.
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