DALLAS -- As it turned out, one of the reasons Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle lashed out at OJ Mayo -- via the media -- following this past Monday's 103-97 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies is because of the valuable time he spent this season nurturing his starting shooting guard.
"With him I’m like a Little League dad,'' Carlisle said Thursday. "I wanted him to do well so badly that sometimes it get the better of me.
"But that’s OK. That’s OK, because if you care that much that’s never a bad thing.''
Carlisle said he wouldn't mind having Mayo back with the Mavs next season. Mayo has a player option that pays him $4.2 million next seaosn, but opted-out of that contract so he can test the free agent market.
However, Mayo said he hopes to get a long-term deal with the Mavs. And he didn't mind Carlisle publicly criticizing him after he scored just two points and turned the ball over four times during Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.
"He obviously wants me to do well,'' Mayo said of Carlisle. "He spent a lot of work this year on me to be successful.
"It's just emotions after that game.''
-- Dwain Price
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