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Luka Doncic wasn't happy with Rick Carlisle’s disruptive leadership towards his teammates

Luka Doncic & Rick Carlisle

Apparently several players were unhappy with Carlisle as the head coach

The lid is off to what really happened behind Rick Carlisle's resignation as Dallas Mavericks head coach. It appeared the decision was mutual between him and the front office; however, a recent report claims it was a long time coming.

Rick Carlisle pitted teammates against each other

A report from ESPN's Tim MacMahon pins Carlisle as one of the reasons for the tension in the Mavericks locker room. The victim was Dennis Smith Jr., who the source claimed was not the pick wanted by Rick. Carlisle publicly lambasted Smith Jr. during one practice, which did not sit well with Luka Doncic. After a few months, the high-flying former 9th overall pick was shipped to New York for Kristaps Porzingis. The deal affected Luka because he was close to Dennis, but other players and team staff were not surprised about what happened. 

Dennis Smith Jr. supported the report and revealed many behind-the-scenes was still not revealed. 

"This article about my time there is spot on. And that's coming from staff members n players! Y'all don't even know the half."

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The tension between Luka and Rick became evident, and it even led to the Slovenian shouting profanities to his coach during games. However, the problem was masked by wins and playoff berths. Porzingis, in the offseason, wished he would be traded. That says how Rick has lost the locker room. Owner Mark Cuban replaced Carlisle with Jason Kidd in the offseason.

Why did it take Dallas long to get rid of Carlisle?

If Carlisle lost the respect of the locker room way earlier, why didn't Mark Cuban act with urgency? As mentioned in his interview in the offseason, coaching change has to have a reason. 

"You don't make a change to make a change. Unless you have someone that you know is much, much, much better, the grass is rarely greener on the other side."

Rick also brought the lone championship to the franchise. But the glory days have been long gone, and Carlisle obviously overstated his welcome. It's not only his fault the Mavericks failed to clinch another title in his time there, but as the recent report showed, he was one of the main problems. 

Now that Kidd is leading Dallas, it remains to be seen how he could heal the wounds inflicted by the former coach. Doncic and the rest of the players must be held accountable now. Cuban listened to them; it's now time to prove they are not part of the problem. 

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