Former Mavericks center Kaman says ‘uptight’ Carlisle ‘plays games with people’ as micromanager

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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle refused to get involved in a war of words with Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman on Tuesday.

But Kaman didn’t sound too pleased playing under Carlisle last season, and sounded like he’s having a wonderful time playing under Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni.

“It’s a different coaching style,” Kaman told reporters. “Coach Carlisle is uptight and kind of plays games with people a little bit here and there, but coach D’Antoni is more relaxed and more go-with-the-flow kind of thing.

“He lets the guys play and get a feel and he’ll let you make mistakes and still play. That’s the kind of basketball that players like to play. You can’t micromanage every tight little situation and pull guys in and out, in and out — it just doesn’t work that way.”

Carlisle couldn’t help but laugh off Kaman’s “uptight” remark.

“Unless you hear the quotes it’s hard for me to comment on it,” Carlisle said. “It didn’t work out well here for Chris and I take my share of the responsibility for it.”

Carlisle then pointed out that Kaman flourished under former Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy, and is playing well again now that he’s playing for D’Antoni.

“He’s done very well with coaches name Mike,” Carlisle said. “Dunleavy is a great coach and he had great years with Dunleavy.

“I’d love to play for D’Antoni. I think any player would love to play for him.”

In 66 games for the Mavs last season, Kaman averaged 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per contest. He entered Tuesday’s game averaging 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 16.5 minutes.

Tough road ahead

Tuesday started a wild stretch in which the Mavericks will play four games in five days in four different cities.

But at least they’re all in the same time zone.

After defeating the LA Lakers at American Airlines Center on Tuesday, the Mavericks (3-1) start a three-game road trip Wednesday in Oklahoma City before playing Friday in Minnesota and Saturday in Milwaukee. The two back-to-back sets limit practice time.

“We just stay in the present,” Carlisle said before Tuesday’s game. “We’ve got to worry about today’s game, concern ourselves with that and do everything possible to play our best today and tonight, and then we’ll move on from there.

“It’s a busy week, a lot going on, travel, difficult buildings, and all that kind of stuff. But we’ve got to focus on what’s happening right now.”

Dwain Price 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

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