It took one preseason game for the Dallas Mavericks’ new starting center to feel the wrath of coach Rick Carlisle.
Carlisle doesn’t believe Samuel Dalembert is in the shape necessary for him to be a quality starting center and told the big man as much after the Mavs’ 94-92 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Dalembert who signed a two-year $7.6 million deal this summer picked up four fouls and committed four turnovers along with four points and two rebounds in less than 11 minutes of playing time.
“I just told him in front of the whole team that he’s got to keep working” said Carlisle who mentioned Dalembert’s conditioning issues to the media without a question being asked about the center. “We need his minutes. They’re going to be very important to us. He’s a factor. When he’s in shape he’s a factor as a rim protector and rebounder and he gives you a big active athletic body in there.”
Dalembert an 11-year veteran playing for his fifth team in five seasons didn’t