SAN ANTONIO -- First, Delonte West was twice suspended -- and eventually let go -- before the season started for conduct detrimental to the team.
Now, 27 games into the season, Derek Fisher has decided that he misses his family and would like to return to Los Angeles to be by their side.
Those were two completely different scenarios as far as the Dallas Mavericks are concerned. But since both West and Fisher are point guards, those moves have completely hampered what the Mavs have been able to do on both ends of the floor.
It also prompted coach Rick Carlisle to say, after Sunday morning's shoot around at the AT&T Center: "I’d like to get out of the point guard business. I’d like a couple of our guys to jump up and grab the starting spot and the backup spot and have one guy in reserve.
"That’s what I would like to happen and I think those guys have the abilities to do it. But it just hasn't
The three players left to battle for the starting point guard spots are Darren Collison, Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois. And Carlisle really doesn't particularly care which one winds up as his starter.
He just wants some stability at the point guard spot.
"We’re doing everything we can to facillitate all three of them being opportunistic about the position in general,'' Carlisle said. "I want to see all three of them play well.
"I don’t have a dog in the hunt as far as seeing somebody that’s my personal favorite. I like all the
guys, they’re all good guys, they all play a little differenty. . .but we need somebody to step forward.''
-- Dwain Price
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