Mavs leave Carlisle and veterans players at home
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 06, 2017 08:27 AM
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
By Terrance Harris, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not make the trip to Orlando for a preseason game against the Magic due to illness.
Dallas officials said associate head coach Melvin Hunt will stand in for Carlisle on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Carlisle was not alone in not making the trip. Veterans Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris also will not be in Orlando to face the Magic.
The Mavericks (2-0) are coming off a 118-71 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Assistant coach Kaleb Canales also did not make the trip to Orlando so that he can remain in Dallas to work with the veteran players who remained at home.