Carlisle thinks the Mavs could beat the Lakers in first round

I think not. But the Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle believes they could defeat the Lakers in the first round.

rickSports Radio Interviews: In the 2006-2007 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks had a franchise record 67 wins, were coming off an NBA Finals appearance, and we’re a heavy favorite to win the NBA Chamapionship.  Then they ran into the hottest and most unorthodox team in the league in the Golden State Warriors and lost in 6 games in the first round.  That was the beginning of the end of the Avery Johnson error and predicated the Jason Kidd trade.

Fast forward to the 2008-2009 season and after a terrible start, the Mavs are currently 44-30 and the eighth seed in the West.  Their new coach Rick Carlisle, who’s been successful everywhere he’s coached and could pass for the twin brother of Jim Carrey, could get the Mavs franchise back on track by repeating what the Warriors did to them in the 2007 playoffs and upsetting the #1 seed Los Angeles Lakers.

Coach Carlisle joined KLAC to talk about his Mavs…

On the Lakers: “We play 82 games and I guess everyone has a record and that’s the gauge. Based on their level of success, you’ve got to say that they’re pretty darn good. It’s one of the reasons that we’d like to move up from the 8th playoff position and try to get to 7 or 6 or 5 if there’s any way to possibly do it. The better seeding you have, it’s usually a better situation. We’ve played LA 3 times, we’ve played them in close games but we’ve had difficulty beating them and for good reason. They’re really good. We’ve played them both when they had Bynum and when they didn’t. They’re a tough nut to crack either way.”

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  • e-bucher

    duh???

  • URFAKEearl

    Later on in the Article, He says “April FOOLS”

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    Mavs can’t and will not beat the Lakers in a seven game series.

  • lakers2000

    HHHHAAAAAAAA HHAAAAA HHHAAAAAA. Oops! I think I just sharted myself!

  • physco

    what kinda crack are they selling in texas….

  • Mitch4Pres

    based on how horrible we are playing he may be right. maybe bynum will be back and make a difference.

  • http://neoshocapital.com Farmabrick

    Why would anyone quote Jim Carrey on this subject?

    Why is Rick Bucher interviewing him? Am I missing something?

    Carrey was funny in “Dumb and Dumber”, but that is comedy and this is a sports subject.

  • kobe8

    You can’t expect him to say “we gon get our asses handed to us”. He’s the coach but deep down in his heart Rick knows he’s just fooling himself.

  • CavsFan

    Maybe he meant to say “the CAVS” can beat the Lakers in the first round. Not the Mavs. Easy mistake. Happens all the time.

  • http://lakersnation.com mandOe

    yo passs that

  • lafanfromindiana

    I agree. All the teams in the NBA are professional athletes and play best with confidence and hustle. The Mavs or any other team can be us in the first round. Heck, Charlotte would probably sweep us!

  • Diehardfan

    of course he would say that. If I was Mark Cuban I wouldn’t hire him if he didn’t have that type of confidence. But, seriously it’s not happening. Especially with Bynum on the floor, the will be lucky if they get one win.

  • xtro

    go ahead Coach Carlisle. just add more fuel to the already blazing fire ryan LOLins and the diminuative JJ Barea started. go ahead and piss kobe and co.

  • http://www.teamsupastar.com 123kid

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    indeed! mark cuban literally threaten the whole franchise that if they dont start winning, then he might as well fire everyone and start with a new team. but of course its just so mark cuban doesnt fire their @$$. they all know they are gonna lose!

  • http://neoshocapital.com Farmabrick

    Can someone tell me where Carlisle/Carrey hints/proclaims/predicts that the Mavs could beat the Lakers in this interview?

    Of course, it is possible, just like Kevin Garnett yelled after winning the Finals last year (“Anything is impossible!” or whatever he was trying to say), but I just don’t see or hear where Carlisle/Carrey said it in this interview.

  • BostonBlowsMyBalls

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    Now the Calvs trolls just joined the circus along with the suckd!cks. Why are these homos so worried about the Lakers?

    Best record in the league don’t mean sh!t!!! Just ask the Mavs and Patiots. BTW, how many times did the Calvs beat the Lakers this season? That’s right b!tch, ZERO!

    These trolls think they get rings for having the best record in the league.

  • LAKESHOW1

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    I agree….I read this article in the morning and I just thought I missed it or read over it too quick. I don’t see anywhere in the article where he even suggests that the Mavs can beat the Lakers

  • LakersFirst

    Well, he’s the coach of the Mavs, so he HAS to believe that his team can beat the Lakers.

  • Freshh

    Back Down!

  • Jim.Carry..Is..Rick.Carlisle

    hey guys..
    Rick Carlisle is joking..

    “NO ONE WILL BEAT LAKERS”

  • paulpierce_best

    definitely. lakers wont even pass the first round u guys are all joke

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