Mavericks notes: Carlisle calls Boston Marathon bombing ‘sickening’

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Coach Rick Carlisle and his Dallas Mavericks players were saddened by the bombing Monday at the Boston Marathon.

“Just sickening — tragic,” Carlisle said. “It’s a very, very terrible thing.”

Carlisle began his playing career with the Boston Celtics and played there from 1984-87. And he used to attend the Boston Marathon — sort of.

“They used to run right by my place,” Carlisle said. “I used to live on Commonwealth Avenue, so I was at the event whether I wanted to be or not.

“Every year it’s a big deal. An historic deal.”

Point guard Mike James said society has changed, which is reflected in the Boston incident.

“Someone lost a mother today, someone lost a father today, a sister or a brother,” James said. “But I pray that everything gets rectified and I pray that the people that did this, that they’re going to get caught.

“This is the hardest thing is that there are so many people walking around with so much hatred in their heart and in their lives, and it’s escalating and it’s only going to get worst.”

Too many times, center Brandan Wright said, such ugly incidents make everyone uneasy.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation and all we can do is just pray about the situation and just turn to God and hope for the best,” Wright said. “I pray for those families who lost loved ones.

“It’s unfortunate that things like that happen in this world. It’s shocking, but it’s not unexpected.”

The NBA stepped up security at its games after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Meanwhile, James said he’s always worried that what happened Monday could happen at an NBA game.

“We’ve got to just pray that we just stay protected,” James said. “That’s the biggest issue — being protected and staying protected.

“We got to continue to believe that God has his hands on us. It’s unfortunate, but this is the society that we live in.’’

The dramatic events also have Wright and center Chris Kaman wondering if they’re safe at their job.

“Lord forbid something like that happens while we’re playing,” Wright said. “You’ve got to credit the security and all they do around the country at [NBA] events like that.

“But every now and then evil slips through the cracks. We’ve just got to pray about it and be thankful for what we do have.”

Kaman keeps beard

While many players trimmed their beards after the team reached the .500 mark with Sunday’s win over New Orleans, center Chris Kaman decided to keep his.

“These guys wanted to do this .500 thing, but I was already growing a beard, so I was like I might as well join them,” Kaman said. “Now it’s still here.

“Don’t worry about it. It’s my beard.”

In other words, Kaman is not shaving anytime soon.

“I’m going to grow myself a Duck Dynasty [beard],” Kaman said. “I think we can all agree that it really makes senses and it works well.”

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

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