In the NBA, head coaches typically go to great lengths to defend their players.
But sometimes, a coach has to throw up has hands and cry uncle. And that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night in the Mavericks 98-75 victory over the Washington Wizards.
With a few minutes to go in the third quarter, Dallas’ forward Salah Mejri picked up a contact foul and proceeded to argue with an official about the call. When Mejri continued his protest, the referee assigned him another technical and proceeded to eject him from the game. Mejri continued his dissatisfaction with the series of events as he walked off the court, imploring head coach Rick Carlisle to take up his defense.
Instead, Carlisle had the complete opposite response. Essentially, Carlisle not-so-kindy told Mejri to get off the court.
Here’s the full sequence: